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How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
The memory of everything is very soon overwhelmed in time.
The pride which is proud of want of pride is the most intolerable of all.
Your mind will take on the character of your most frequent thoughts: souls are dyed by thoughts.
Give up your thirst for books, so that you do not die a grouch.
Accept whatever comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny, for what could more aptly fit your needs?
The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.
Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise.
There is no man so blessed that some who stand by his deathbed won't hail the occasion with delight.
Nothing is more scandalous than a man that is proud of his humility.
A person's worth is measured by the worth of what he values.
…praise does not make anything better or worse.
Swiftly the remembrance of all things is buried in the gulf of eternity.
A key point to bear in mind: The value of attentiveness varies in proportion to its object. You’re better off not giving the small things more time than they deserve.
Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.
As far as you can, get into the habit of asking yourself in relation to any action taken by another: "What is his point of reference here?" But begin with yourself: examine yourself first.
The blazing fire makes flames and brightness out of everything thrown into it.
There’s nothing more insufferable than people who boast about their own humility
Accustom yourself not to be disregarding of what someone else has to say: as far as possible enter into the mind of the speaker.
striid andWthdraw into yourself. Our master-reason asks no more than to act justly, and thereby to achieve calm.
Observe always that everything is the result of change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and make new ones like them.
As for thy thirst after books, away with it with all speed.
Don't go on discussing what a good person should be. Just be one.
When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love ...
The world is mere change, and this life, opinion.
The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.
Every living organism is fulfilled when it follows the right path for its own nature.
Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.
You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
Live out your life in truth and justice, tolerant of those who are neither true nor just.
Even the least of our activities ought to have some end in view.
Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.
Will any man despise me? Let him see to it. But I will see to it that I may not be found doing or saying anything that deserves to be despised.
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.
When you arise in the moring, think of what a precious privelege it is to be alive-- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love
Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life.
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.
If any man despises me, that is his problem. My only concern is not doing or saying anything deserving of contempt.
All things fade and quickly turn to myth.
Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretence.
I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others.
The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.
Take full account of what Excellencies you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.
Regain your senses, call yourself back, and once again wake up. Now that you realize that only dreams were troubling you, view this 'reality' as you view your dreams.
Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?
All men are made one for another: either then teach them better or bear with them.
Our life is what our thoughts make it.
A man’s worth is no greater than the worth of his ambitions.
Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future too.
It is in your power to withdraw yourself whenever you desire. Perfect tranquility within consists in the good ordering of the mind, the realm of your own.