Envy wounds with false accusations, that is with detraction, a thing which scares virtue.
The vine that has grown old on an old tree falls with the ruin of that tree, and through that bad companionship must perish with it.
I myself have proved it to be of no small use, when in bed in the dark, to recall in fancy the external details of forms previously studied, or other noteworthy things conceived by subtle speculation; and this is certainly an admirable exercise, and useful for impressing things on the memory.
The acquisition of any knowledge is always of use to the intellect, because it may thus drive out useless things and retain the good. For nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.
Patience serves us against insults precisely as clothes do against the cold. For if you multiply your garments as the cold increases, that cold cannot hurt you; in the same way increase your patience under great offences, and they cannot hurt your feelings.
When you are out for a walk, see to it that you watch and consider other men’s postures and actions as they talk, argue, laugh or scuffle; their own actions and those of their supporters and onlookers.