Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.
All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.
.. The true disciple of philosophy is likely to be misunderstood by other men; they do not perceive that he is ever pursuing death and dying; and if this is true, why, having had the desire of death all his life long, should he repine at that which he has always been pursuing and desiring?
.. Do not courageous men endure death because they are afraid of yet greater evils?.. Then all but philosophers are courageous only from fear, and because they are afraid; and yet that a man should be courageous from fear, and because he is a coward, is surely a strange thing.
Has a philosopher like you failed to discover that our country is more to be valued and higher and holier far than mother or father or any ancestor, and more to be regarded in the eyes of the gods and of men of understanding?
Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.