There are some things which men confess with ease, and others with difficulty.
If you would cure anger, do not feed it. Say to yourself 'I used to be angry every day then every other day now only every third or fourth day.' When you reach thirty days offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the gods.
A child understands fear, and the hurt and hate it brings.
The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
Any one thing in the creation is sufficient to demonstrate a Providence to an humble and grateful mind.
When you close your doors, and make darkness within, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone nay, God is within, and your genius is within. And what need have they of light to see what you are doing
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.
If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit give it nothing which may tend to its increase.
What is the first business of one who practices philosophy To get rid of selfconceit. For it is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows.
Know, first, who you are and then adorn yourself accordingly.
Appear to know only this,never to fail nor fall.
Were I a nightingale, I would act the part of a nightingale were I a swan, the part of a swan.
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.
Man is troubled not by events, but by the meaning he gives them.
Everything has two handles,one by which it may be borne another by which it cannot.
First say to yourself what you would be and then do what you have to do.
In every affair consider what precedes and what follows, and then undertake it.
No great 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.
Reason is not measured by size or height, but by principle.
To a reasonable creature, that alone is insupportable which is unreasonable but everything reasonable may be supported.
Practise yourself, for heaven's sake, in little things and thence proceed to greater.
Difficulties are things that show what men are.
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free.
Seek not that the things which happen should happen as you wish but wish the things which happen to be as they are, and you will have a tranquil flow of life.