“Only the extremely ignorant or the extremely intelligent can resist change.
“Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.
“I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private. This is my teaching, and if this is the doctrine which corrupts the youth, I am a mischievous person.
“The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
“The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like him.
“The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
“The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them.
“Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of - for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
ancient Athenian philosopher; teacher of Plato and Xenophon (470-399 BC)
“You talkin' to me? Well, I'm the only one here.
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