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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.
The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.
Look well into thyself there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.
Be not as one that hath ten thousand years to live death is nigh at hand while thou livest, while thou hast time, be good.
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.
As for life, it is a battle and a sojourning in a strange land but the fame that comes after is oblivion.
As surgeons keep their instruments and knives always at hand for cases requiring immediate treatment, so shouldst thou have thy thoughts ready to understand things divine and human, remembering in thy every act, even the smallest, how close is the bond that unites the two.
Deem not life a thing of consequence. For look at the yawning void of the future, and at that other limitless space, the past.
Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it.... Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle.
How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
In the morning, when you are sluggish about getting up, let this thought be present 'I am rising to a man's work.'
Just as the sand-dunes, heaped one upon another, hide each the first, so in life the former deeds are quickly hidden by those that follow after.
Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.
Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.
Remember that what pulls the strings is the force hidden within there lies the power to persuade, there the life,--there, if one must speak out, the real man.
Remember this-that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.
Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.
The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing, in so far as it stands ready against the accidental and the unforeseen, and is not apt to fall.
The happiness and unhappiness of the rational, social animal depends not on what he feels but on what he does just as his virtue and vice consist not in feeling but in doing.
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 not disdainfully of death, but look on it with favor for even death is one of the things that Nature wills.
This Being of mine, whatever it really is, consists of a little flesh, a little breath, and the part which governs.
Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.
Whatever happens it all happens as it should thou wilt find this true, if thou shouldst watch closely.
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