Plutarch's Morals, tr. by several hands. Corrected and revised by W.W. Goodwin

William Watson Goodwin

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Página 303 - Like leaves on trees the race of man is found, Now green in youth, now withering on the ground; Another race the following spring supplies; They fall successive, and successive rise: So generations in their course decay; So flourish these, when those are pass'd away.
Página 303 - Most man is vain ! calamitous by birth: To-day, with power elate, in strength he blooms; The haughty creature on that power presumes : Anon from Heaven a sad reverse he feels ; Untaught to bear, 'gainst Heaven the wretch rebels. For man is changeful, as his bliss or woe ; Too high when prosperous, when distress'd too low.* And in another place : — What or from whence I am, or who my sire (Replied the chief), can Tydeus
Página 304 - Two urns by Jove's high throne have ever stood, The source of evil one, and one of good ; From thence the cup of mortal man he fills, Blessings to these, to those distributes ills ; To most, he mingles both : the wretch decreed To taste the bad, unmix'd, is curst indeed ; Pursued by wrongs, by meagre famine driven, He wanders, outcast both of Earth and Heaven.
Página 12 - It is indeed a desirable thing to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
Página 320 - Struck through with wounds, all honest on the breast. But when the fates, in fulness of their rage, Spurn the hoar head of unresisting age, In dust the reverend lineaments deform, And pour to dogs the life-blood scarcely warm: This, this is misery ! the last, the worst, That man can feel; man fated to be curst !" He said, and acting what no words could say, Rent from his head the silver locks away.
Página 136 - Nor mix'd in combat, nor in council join'd; But wasting cares lay heavy on his mind: In his black thoughts revenge and slaughter roll And scenes of blood rise dreadful in his soul.
Página 11 - Fellow citizens, why do ye turn and scrape every stone to gather wealth and take so little care of your children to whom one day you must relinquish it all...
Página xix - His thoughts are excellent, if only he had a right to say them. Plutarch, meantime, with every virtue under heaven, thought it the top of wisdom to philosophize, yet not appear to do it, and to reach in mirth the same ends which the most serious are proposing. Plutarch thought " truth to be the greatest good that man can receive, and the goodliest blessing that God can give.
Página xv - Surely (saith he) I had rather a great deal men should say there was no such man at all as Plutarch, than that they should say that there was one Plutarch that would eat his children as soon as they were born ' ; as the poets speak of Saturn.
Página xi - And all this without any supreme intellectual gifts. He is not a profound mind ; not a master in any science ; not a lawgiver, like Lycurgus or Solon ; not a metaphysician, like Parmenides, Plato, or Aristotle ; not the founder of any sect or community, like Pythagoras or Zeno ; not a naturalist, like Pliny or Linnaeus ; not a leader of the mind of a generation, like Plato or Goethe. But if he had not the highest powers, he was yet a man of rare gifts. He had that universal sympathy with genius which...

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