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It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.
The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.
We deliberate about the parcels of life, but not about life itself, and so we arrive all unawares at its different epochs, and have the trouble of beginning all again. And so finally it is that we do not walk as men confidently towards death, but let death come suddenly upon us.
We should every night call ourselves to an account; What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed? What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired? Our vices will abort of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.
To be always fortunate, and to pass through life with a soul that has never known sorrow, is to be ignorant of one half of nature.
Quemadmodum gladius neminem occidit, occidentis telum est. Translated: A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand.
It is easier to exclude harmful passions than to rule them, and to deny them admittance than to control them after they have been admitted.
Be not too hasty either with praise or blame; speak always as though you were giving evidence before the judgement-seat of the Gods.
A good conscience fears no witness, but a guilty conscience is solicitous even in solitude. If we do nothing but what is honest, let all the world know it. But if otherwise, what does it signify to have nobody else know it, so long as I know it myself? Miserable is he who slights that witness.
Be not too hasty either with praise or blame speak always as though you were giving evidence before the judgement-seat of the Gods.
Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment.
I will govern my life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and read the other, for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God, who is the searcher of our hearts, all our privacies are open?
It is a denial of justice not to stretch out a helping hand to the fallen; that is the common right of humanity.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
Let tears flow of their own accord: their flowing is not inconsistent with inward peace and harmony.
Men do not care how nobly they live, but only how long, although it is within the reach of every man to live nobly, but within no man's power to live long.
No evil is without its compensation. The less money, the less trouble the less favor, the less envy. Even in those cases which put us out of wits, it is not the loss itself, but the estimate of the loss that troubles us.
Such as the chain of causes we call Fate, such is the chain of wishes: one links on to another; the whole man is bound in the chain of wishing for ever.
The spirit in which a thing is given determines that in which the debt is acknowledged it's the intention, not the face-value of the gift, that's weighed.
There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.
To be feared is to fear: no one has been able to strike terror into others and at the same time enjoy peace of mind.
To see a man fearless in dangers, untainted with lusts, happy in adversity, composed in a tumult, and laughing at all those things which are generally either coveted or feared; all men must acknowledge that this can be from nothing else but a beam of divinity that influences a mortal body.
We should conduct ourselves not as if we ought to live for the body, but as if we could not live without it.
While the fates permit, live happily life speeds on with hurried step, and with winged days the wheel of the headlong year is turned.
Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life - in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.