Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.
No man is free who is not a master of himself.
Seek not good from without: seek it from within yourselves, or you will never find it.
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.
Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.
Whoever does not regard what he has as most ample wealth, is unhappy, though he be master of the world.
We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope.
If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
Control thy passions lest they take vengence on thee.
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit.
There is nothing good or evil save in the will.
God has entrusted me with myself.
Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.
No greater thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of these for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us, progress is always an approach toward it.
If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please.
One that desires to excel should endeavor in those things that are in themselves most excellent.
Do not seek to bring things to pass in accordance with your wishes, but wish for them as they are, and you will find them.
Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
If you hear that someone is speaking ill of you, instead of trying to defend yourself you should say: "He obviously does not know me very well, since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned"
It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.
Do not laugh much or often or unrestrainedly.