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Theophrastus Quotes


A Greek native of Eresos in Lesbos, was the successor of Aristotle in the Peripatetic school.
(c. 371 - c. 287 BC)

Ah, yes, superstition: it would appear to be cowardice in face of the supernatural.
 

An orator without judgment is a horse without a bridle.
[Oratory]
 

One may define flattery as a base companionship which is most advantageous to the flatterer.
 

Our costliest expenditure is time.
[One Day]
 

The man of petty ambition if invited to dinner will be eager to be set next his host.
 

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.
[One Day]
 

Waste of time is the most extravagant and costly of all expenses.
 

We must consider the distinctive characters and the general nature of plants from the point of view of their morphology , their behavior under external conditions, their mode of generation, and the whole course of their life.