Vos vestros servate, meos mihi linquite mores You keep to your own ways, and leave mine to me
I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.
Let us carefully observe those good qualities wherein our enemies excel us and endeavor to excel them, by avoiding what is faulty, and imitating what is excellent in them.
Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
It is certainly desirable to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
The man who is completely wise and virtuous has no need of glory, except so far as it disposes and eases his way to action by the greater trust that it procures him.
The whole life of man is but a point of time let us enjoy it.
To find a fault is easy to do better may be difficult.
Perseverance is more prevailing than violence and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
Learn to be pleased with everything with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others with poverty, for not having much to care for, and with obscurity, for being unenvied.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
Water continually dropping will wear hard rocks hollow.
Philosophy is the art of living.
It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such a one as is unworthy of him; for the one is only belief - the other contempt.
A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.
Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.
When the candles are out all women are fair
No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.
Character is simply habit long continued.
Character is long-standing habit.
(Solon) being asked, namely, what city was best to live in, That city, he replied, in which those who are not wronged, no less than those who are wronged, exert themselves to punish the wrongdoers
Demosthenes overcame and rendered more distinct his inarticulate and stammering pronunciation by speaking with pebbles in his mouth
Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.
A sage thing is timely silence, and better than any speech