An action will not be right unless the will be right for from thence is the action derived. Again, the will will not be right unless the disposition of the mind be right for from thence comes the will.
...a sword never kills anybody it's a tool in the killer's hand. From Ad Lucilium Epistulae Morales, Letters to Lucilius on Morals, Letter 87, c.63 65
It does not matter how many books you have, but how good the books are which you have.
Liesure without books is death, and burial of a man alive.
All things are cause for either laughter or weeping.
The primary sign of a well ordered mind is a man's ability to remain in one place and linger in his own company.
He that visits the sick in hopes of a legacy, but is never so friendly in all other cases, I look upon him as being no better than a raven that watches a weak sheep only to peck out its eyes.
No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave.
Fate leads the willing and drags along the unwilling. Epistulae ad Lucilium
Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune all these are names of the one and selfsame God.
Everywhere is nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.
Life is a gift of the immortal Gods, but living well is the gift of philosophy.
Why does no one confess his sins Because he is yet in them. It is for a man who has awoke from sleep to tell his dreams.
No man ever became wise by chance.
The ascent from earth to heaven is not easy.
There are more things, Lucilius, that frighten us than injure us, and we suffer more in imagination than in reality. Epistulae ad Lucilium
There is no genius free from some tincture of madness.
We become wiser by adversity prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.
The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.
Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature. Everything is organic and living, and therefore the whole world appears to be a living organism.
Behold a worthy sight, to which the God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune.
Great grief does not of itself put an end to itself.
The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.