If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
Whatever is in any way beautiful hath its source of beauty in itself, and is complete in itself praise forms no part of it. So it is none the worse nor the better for being praised.
All is ephemeral, fame and the famous as well.
As for life, it is a battle and a sojourning in a strange land but the fame that comes after is oblivion.
Deem not life a thing of consequence. For look at the yawning void of the future, and at that other limitless space, the past.
Think not disdainfully of death, but look on it with favor for even death is one of the things that Nature wills.
No form of Nature is inferior to Art for the arts merely imitate natural forms.
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts, therefore guard accordingly and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue, and reasonable nature.
Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be. Become one yourself
Look well into thyself there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.
In the morning, when you are sluggish about getting up, let this thought be present 'I am rising to a man's work.'
Love the little trade which thou hast learned, and be content therewith.
The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing, in so far as it stands ready against the accidental and the unforeseen, and is not apt to fall.
As surgeons keep their instruments and knives always at hand for cases requiring immediate treatment, so shouldst thou have thy thoughts ready to understand things divine and human, remembering in thy every act, even the smallest, how close is the bond that unites the two.
Remember that what pulls the strings is the force hidden within there lies the power to persuade, there the life,there, if one must speak out, the real man.