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If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
Every man's life lies within the present for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain.
Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.
A good man does not spy around for the black spots in others, but presses unswervingly on towards his mark.
I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will.
I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than on the opinions of others.
Let thy chief fort and place of defense be a mind free from passions. A stronger place and better fortified than this, hath no man.
Men seek out retreats for themselves in the country, by the seaside, on the moutains. . .But all this is unphilosophical to the last degree. . .when thou canst at a moment's notice retire into thyself.
Never esteem anything as an advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.
Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.
The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing the main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unseen attack.
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
Think on this doctrine,--that reasoning beings were created for one another's sake that to be patient is a branch of justice, and that men sin without intending it.
To them that ask, where have you seen the gods, or how do you know for certain there are gods, that you are so devout in their worship I answer Neither have I ever seen my own soul, and yet I respect and honor it.
We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne.
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