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Type: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek
Date of Birth: 55 AD
Date of Death: 135 AD




 

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It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
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You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.
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All religions must be tolerated... for... every man must get to heaven in his own way.
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If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked.
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If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother.
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Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.
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You may be always victorious if you will never enter into any contest where the issue does not wholly depend upon yourself.
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Nothing great 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.
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All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.
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If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonorable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible.
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It takes more than just a good looking body. You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it.
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He is a drunkard who takes more than three glasses though he be not drunk.
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First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
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First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
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Difficulties show men what they are. In case of any difficulty remember that God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil.
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It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting.
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Only the educated are free.
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Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.
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Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it. Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return. Are you deprived of your estate? Is not this also a return?
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Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.
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It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.
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People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them.
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Freedom is the right to live as we wish.
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Not every difficult and dangerous thing is suitable for training, but only that which is conducive to success in achieving the object of our effort.
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Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things, and then proceed to greater.
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