It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.
Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.
No great thing is created suddenly.
Silence is safer than speech.
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.
If you wish to be a writer, write.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.
Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed.
We tell lies, yet it is easy to show that lying is immoral.
When you are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.
We are not to give credit to the many, who say that none ought to be educated but the free; but rather to the philosophers, who say that the well-educated alone are free.
The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete.
The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going.
The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.
In order to please others, we loose our hold on our life's purpose.