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Unsourced Plutarch quotations for checking[edit]

  • Youths throw stones at frogs in sport, but the frogs die in earnest.
  • “What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” - Widely quoted on the web, but I haven't seen a source.


I am looking for the source of "The correct analogy for the mind is not a vessel that needs filling..." which is given as Listening to Lectures. I'd like to know the context of this quote. Does anyone know where I can find the full text? See also wikiversity:Main page learning project/QOTD --mikeu 04:21, 10 September 2008 (UTC)


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  • An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.

I have (briefly) looked for this, without immediate success. The nearest I can come is in Plutarch's "Lives", where he mentions in his discussion of Solon that "They tell us, too, that a saying of his [Solon's], which he had let fall some time before, that - 'equality causes no war,' was then much repeated, and pleased both the rich and the poor ...". This whole discussion of Solon is loosely reminiscent of the supposed quote, but it would still require quite a leap to gloss it in this way. Bmcm 20:00, 18 December 2011 (UTC)

  • And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain he wept, for there were no more lands to conquer.
  • Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
  • Wickedness frames the engines of her own torment. She is a wonderful artisan of a miserable life.