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Water continually dropping will wear hard rocks hollow.

Perseverance Quotes, by Plutarch , Source: Of the Training of Children

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Socrates ... said he was not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.

Citizenship Quotes, by Plutarch

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God is the brave man's hope, and not the coward's excuse.

God Quotes, by Plutarch

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Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for, and with obscurity, for being unenvied.

Satisfaction Quotes, by Plutarch

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Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for; and with obscurity, for being unenvied.

Contentment Quotes, by Plutarch

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Not Philip, but Phillip's gold, took the cities of Greece.

Gold Quotes, by Plutarch , Source: Life of Paulus Aemilius, quoted as a common saying, referring to Philip II of Macedon

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He [Caesar] loved the treason, but hated the traitor.

Treason Quotes, by Plutarch , Source: Life of Romulus

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He is a fool who lets slip a bird in the hand for a bird in the bush.

Birds Quotes, by Plutarch , Source: Of Garrulity

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Rest: the sweet sauce of labor

Rest Quotes, by Plutarch

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He [Cato] used to say that in all his life he never repented but of three things. The first was that he had trusted a woman with a secret; the second that he had gone by sea when he might have gone by land; and the third, that had passed one day without having a will by him.

Repentance Quotes, by Plutarch , Source: Life of Cato (vol. II, p. 495), (Langhorne's translation)

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A Locanian having plucked all the feathers off from a nightingale and seeing what a little body it had, "surely," quoth he, "thou art all voice and nothing else." (Vox et praeterea nibil.)

Voice Quotes, by Plutarch , Source: Laconic Apothegms, credited to Lacon "Incert. XIII" by Lipsius

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Ease and speed in doing a thing do not give the work lasting solidity or exactness of beauty.

Work Quotes, by Plutarch , Source: Life of Pericles

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Socrates said he was not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.

Patriotism Quotes, by Plutarch , Source: On Banishment

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. . . And holding out his shoe, asked them whether it was not new and well made. "Yet," added he, "none of you can tell where it pinches me."

Shoemaking Quotes, by Plutarch , Source: Lives (vol. II, Life of Aemilius Paulus)

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For to err in opinion, though it be not the part of wise men, is at least human.

Errors Quotes, by Plutarch , Source: Morals--Against Colotes the Epicurean

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When Demosthenes was asked what was the first part of Oratory, he answered, "Action," and which was the second, he replied, "action," and which was the third, he still answered "Action."

Oratory Quotes, by Plutarch , Source: Morals--Lives of the Ten Orators

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It is a thing of no great difficulty to raise objections against another man's oration,--nay, it is a very easy matter; but to produce a better in its place is a work extremely troublesome.

Oratory Quotes, by Plutarch , Source: Of Hearing (VI)

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I have heard that Tiberius used to say that that man was ridiculous, who after sixth years, appealed to a physician.

Medicine Quotes, by Plutarch , Source: De Sanitate tuenda (vol. II)

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Zeno first started that doctrine, that knavery is the best defence against a knave.

Knavery Quotes, by Plutarch , Source: Morals (vol. 1, Of Bashfulness)

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The drop hollows out the stone not by strength, but by constant falling. [Lat., Gutta cavat lapidem non vi, sed saepe cadendo.]

Perseverance Quotes, by Plutarch , Source: Of the Training of Children

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Even if a minefield or the abyss should lie before me, I will march straight ahead without looking back.

Perseverance Quotes, by Plutarch , Source: Of the Training of Children

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What, did you not know, then, that to-day Lucullus dines with Lucullus?

Eating Quotes, by Plutarch , Source: Lives--Life of Lucullus (vol. III, p. 280)

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Like watermen who look astern while they row the boat ahead.

Boating Quotes, by Plutarch , Source: Whether 'twas rightfully said, Live concealed

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A Traveller at Sparta, standing long upon one leg, said to a Lacedaemonian, "I do not believe you can do as much." "True," said he. "but every goose can."

Ability Quotes, by Plutarch , Source: Laconic Apothegms--Remarkable Speeches of Some Obscure Men

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Why does pouring Oil on the Sea make it Clear and Calm? Is it that the winds, slipping the smooth oil, have no force, nor cause any waves?

Navigation Quotes, by Plutarch , Source: Morals--Natural Questions (XII)

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