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Bits of Wisdom #9 : Plutarch


From the ancient till modern times, Greece has been the homeland for many important historical events and people who have marked the history of the country and have influenced the course of the world. People with talent, inspiration, and vision have set the grounds of modern civilization. Ancient thinkers words on life, success, courage and character hold true centuries later and can be just the pick-me-up we need, whatever the work day throws at us. The Ancient Greek philosophers used few words, 'quotes', to express pearls of wisdom that stand up today as guidelines for living wisely and compassionately.


Philosopher of the 2nd century BC

“I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better”

“The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education”

“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality”

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled”

“It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything”

“Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech”

“Neither blame or praise yourself”

“Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little”

“Character is simply habit long continued”

“Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resist”

“The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits”