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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Plutarch. (A.D. 46?–A.D. c. 120) (continued)
 
8809
    It is a true proverb, that if you live with a lame man you will learn to halt.
          Of the Training of Children.
8810
    The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in the felicity of lighting on good education.
          Of the Training of Children.
8811
    It is indeed a desirable thing to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
          Of the Training of Children.
8812
    According to the proverb, the best things are the most difficult.
          Of the Training of Children.
8813
    To sing the same tune, as the saying is, is in everything cloying and offensive; but men are generally pleased with variety.
          Of the Training of Children.
8814
    Children are to be won to follow liberal studies by exhortations and rational motives, and on no account to be forced thereto by whipping.
          Of the Training of Children.
8815
    Nothing made the horse so fat as the king’s eye.
          Of the Training of Children.
8816
    Democritus said, words are but the shadows of actions.
          Of the Training of Children.
8817
    ’T is a wise saying, Drive on your own track.
          Of the Training of Children.
8818
    It is a point of wisdom to be silent when occasion requires, and better than to speak, though never so well.
          Of the Training of Children.
8819
    Eat not thy heart; which forbids to afflict our souls, and waste them with vexatious cares. 1
          Of the Training of Children.
8820
    Abstain from beans; that is, keep out of public offices, for anciently the choice of the officers of state was made by beans.
          Of the Training of Children.
8821
    When men are arrived at the goal, they should not turn back. 2
          Of the Training of Children.
8822
    The whole life of man is but a point of time; let us enjoy it, therefore, while it lasts, and not spend it to no purpose.
          Of the Training of Children.
8823
    An old doting fool, with one foot already in the grave. 3
          Of the Training of Children.
 
Note 1.
See Spenser, Quotation 28. [back]
Note 2.
See Publius Syrus, Quotation 58. [back]
Note 3.
See Beaumont and Fletcher, Quotation 14. [back]
 

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