- For the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth.
sect. 48c ‘On Listening to Lectures’; see Rabelais
- Everybody is himself his own foremost and greatest flatterer.
Moralia sect. 49f ‘How to Tell a Flatterer from a Friend’
- To break a treaty is contempt for the gods. But to outwit an enemy is not only just and glorious—but profitable and sweet.
often quoted in the form ‘To deceive a friend is impious. But…’
Parallel Lives ‘Agesilaus’
- For we are told that when a certain man was accusing both of them to him, he [Caesar] said that he had no fear of those fat and long-haired fellows, but rather of those pale and thin ones.