The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
When you are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
When one maintains his proper attitude in life, he does not long after externals. What would you have, O man?
The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.
No man is free who is not master of himself.
The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going.
O slavish man! Will you not bear with your own brother, who has God for his Father, as being a son from the same stock, and of the same high descent? But if you chance to be placed in some superior station, will you presently set yourself up for a tyrant?
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
If we are not stupid or insincere when we say that the good or ill of man lies within his own will, and that all beside is nothing to us, why are we still troubled?
Appearances to the mind are of four kinds. Things either are what they appear to be; or they neither are, nor appear to be; or they are, and do not appear to be; or they are not, and yet appear to be. Rightly to aim in all these cases is the wise man's task.
It is the act of an ill-instructed man to blame others for his own bad condition; it is the act of one who has begun to be instructed, to lay the blame on himself; and of one whose instruction is completed, neither to blame another, nor himself. (5).
If a man would pursue Philosophy, his first task is to throw away conceit. For it is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he has a conceit that he already knows.
Let no man think that he is loved by any who loveth none.