All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.
The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete.
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
He is a drunkard who takes more than three glasses though he be not drunk.
Category: Alcohol And Alcoholism
Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit.
It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.
It is a sign of a dull nature to occupy oneself deeply in matters that concern the body; for instance, to be over much occupied about exercise, about eating and drinking, about easing oneself, about sexual intercourse.
Who is not attracted by bright and pleasant children, to prattle, to creep, and to play with them?
It is your own convictions which compels you; that is, choice compels choice.
Covetousness like jealousy, when it has taken root, never leaves a person, but with their life. Cowardice is the dread of what will happen.
Category: Coward And Cowardice
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Category: Critics And Criticism
Let death be daily before your eyes, and you will never entertain any abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything.
Category: Death And Dying
Remember that you are an actor in a drama, of such a part as it may please the master to assign you, for a long time or for a little as he may choose. And if he will you to take the part of a poor man, or a cripple, or a ruler, or a private citizen, then may you act that part with grace! For to act well the part that is allotted to us, that indeed is ours to do, but to choose it is another s.