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There are more things, Lucilius, that frighten us than injure us, and we suffer more in imagination than in reality.
Conversation has a kind of charm about it, an insuating and insidious something that elicits secrets from us just like love or liquor.
Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature. Everything is organic and living, and therefore the whole world appears to be a living organism.
Everywhere is nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.
He who comes to a conclusion when the other side is unheard, may have been just in his conclusion, but yet has not been just in his conduct.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
Why does no one confess his sins? Because he is yet in them. It is for a man who has awoke from sleep to tell his dreams.
Once again prosperous and successful crime goes by the name of virtue; good men obey the bad, might is right and fear oppresses law.
An action will not be right unless the will be right for from thence is the action derived. Again, the will will not be right unless the disposition of the mind be right for from thence comes the will.
Arms observe no bounds; nor can the wrath of the sword, once drawn, be easily checked or stayed; war delights in blood.
Behold a worthy sight, to which the God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear-not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave.
He that visits the sick in hopes of a legacy, but is never so friendly in all other cases, I look upon him as being no better than a raven that watches a weak sheep only to peck out its eyes.
He who has injured thee was stronger or weaker than thee. If weaker, spare him if stronger, spare thyself.
I persist on praising not the life I lead, but that which I ought to lead. I follow it at a mighty distance, crawling.
If thou live according to nature, thou wilt never be poor if according to the opinions of the world, thou wilt never be rich.
If wisdom were offered me with this restriction, that I should keep it close and not communicate it, I would refuse the gift.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
Shun no toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other yet do not devote yourself to one branch exclusively. Strive to get clear notions about all. Give up no science entirely for science is but one.
The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.
The much occupied man has no time for wantonness, and it is an obvious commonplace that the evils of leisure can be shaken off by hard work.
The pain of a disappointed wish necessarily produces less effect upon the mind if a man has not certainly promised himself success. - De Tranquillitate Animi
The primary sign of a well-ordered mind is a man's ability to remain in one place and linger in his own company.
The true felicity of life is to be free from anxieties and perturbations to understand and do our duties to God and man, and to enjoy the present without any serious dependence on the future.
We are more wicked together than separately. If you are forced to be in a crowd, then most of all you should withdraw into yourself.
We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.
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