We do not choose our own parts in life, and have nothing to do with those parts. Our duty is confined to playing them well.
We do not choose our own parts in life, and have nothing to do with selecting those parts. Our simple duty is confined to playing them well.
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.
Topics: Education, Adversity
Be not swept off your feet by the vividness of the impression, but say, “Impression, wait for me a little. Let me see what you are and what you represent. Let me try you”.
Topics: Patience, Wisdom
What is the first business of one who practices philosophy? To get rid of self-conceit. For it is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows.
Topics: Learning, Philosophy, Creativity, Knowledge, Business, Wisdom
It is better to advise than upbraid, for the one corrects the erring; the other only convicts them.
So when the crisis is upon you, remember that God, like a trainer of wrestlers, has matched you with a tough and stalwart antagonist-that you may prove a victor at the Great Games. Yet without toil or sweat this may not be.
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
As in walking it is your great care not to run your foot upon a nail, or to tread awry, and strain your leg; so let it be in all the affairs of human life, not to hurt your mind or offend your judgment. And this rule, if observed carefully in all your deportment, will be a mighty security to you in your undertakings.
If you wish to be a good reader—read.
It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he think he knows.
There is only one way to happiness and
that is to cease worrying about things
which are beyond the power of our will.
Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.
Envy is the antagonist of the fortunate.
Difficulties show men what they are. In case of any difficulty remember that God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil.
It is our attitude toward events, not events themselves, which we can control. Nothing is by its own nature calamitous-even death is terrible only if we fear it.
The soul’s impurity consists in bad judgments, and purification consists in producing in it right judgments, and the pure soul is one which has right judgments.
The universe is but one great city, full of beloved ones, divine and human, by nature endeared to each other.
In the schools of the wrestling master, when a boy falls he is bidden to get up again, and to go on wrestling day by day till he has acquired strength; and we must do the same, and not after one failure suffer ourselves to be swept along as by a torrent. You need but will, and it is done; but if you relax your efforts you will be ruined; for ruin and recovery are both from within.
Topics: Confidence, Self-reliance, Will
Ask not that events should happen as you will, but let your will be that events should happen as they do, and you shall have peace.
Try to enjoy the great festival of life with other men.
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.
Topics: Choice, Destiny
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