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
You can be happy if you know this secret: Some things are within your power to control and some things are not.
As the touchstone which tries gold, but is not itself tried by gold, such is he who has the true standard of judgment.
There is only one way to happiness and
that is to cease worrying about things
which are beyond the power of our will.
The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
Topics: Confidence, Philosophy, Money, Success, Happiness, Self-reliance
Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.
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: Adversity, Education
Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.
To adorn our characters by the charm of an amiable nature shows at once a lover of beauty and a lover of man.
If you wish to be a good reader—read.
Do you know that disease and death must needs overtake us, no matter what we are doing? … What do you wish to be doing when it overtakes you? If you have anything better to be doing when you are so overtaken, get to work on that.
Topics: Appropriateness, Time Management, Dying, Work, Death, Value of Time, Aptness
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.
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.
A thing either is what it appears to be; or it is not, but yet appears to be; or it is, but does not appear to be; or it is not, and does not appear to be.
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.
Demand not that events should happen as you wish, but wish them to happen as they do, and you will go on well.
The universe is but one great city, full of beloved ones, divine and human, by nature endeared to each other.
If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of these; for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us, progress is always an approach toward it.
Topics: Virtue, Progress
The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
Topics: Difficulties, Success & Failure, Risk, Achievement, Adversity
If you set your heart upon philosophy, you must straightway prepare yourself to be laughed at and mocked by many who will say Behold a philosopher arisen among us! or How came you by that brow of scorn? But do you cherish no scorn, but hold to those things which seem to you the best, as one set by God in that place. Remember too, that if you abide in those ways, those who first mocked you, the same shall afterwards reverence you; but if you yield to them, you will be laughed at twice as much as before.
Topics: Philosophy, Philosophers
What ought one to say then as each hardship comes? “I was practicing for this, I was training for this.”
It is better to advise than upbraid, for the one corrects the erring; the other only convicts 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.
Topics: Body, Mankind, Man
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: Destiny, Choice
In theory it is easy to convince an ignorant person; in actual life, men not only object to offer themselves to be convinced, but hate the man who has convinced them.
There is but one way to tranquillity of mind and happiness; let this, therefore, be always ready at hand with thee, both when thou wakest early in the morning, and all the day long, and when thou goest late to sleep, to account no external things thine own, but commit all these to God.
So you wish to conquer in the Olympic Games, my friend? And I, too… But first mark the conditions and the consequences. You will have to put yourself under discipline; to eat by rule, to avoid cakes and sweetmeats; to take exercise at the appointed hour whether you like it or not, in cold and heat; to abstain from cold drinks and wine at your will. Then, in the conflict itself you are likely enough to dislocate your wrist or twist your ankle, to swallow a great deal of dust, to be severely thrashed, and after all of these things, to be defeated.
Topics: Competition, Sports
Who is not attracted by bright and pleasant children, to prattle, to creep, and to play with them?
A ship ought not to be held by one anchor, nor life by a single hope.
Envy is the antagonist of the fortunate.
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- Plutarch Greek Biographer
- Heraclitus Ancient Greek Philosopher
- Aristotle Ancient Greek Philosopher
- Xenocrates Greek Philosopher, Scientist
- Plato Ancient Greek Philosopher
- Epicurus Greek Philosopher
- Bias of Priene Greek Orator
- Plotinus Ancient Greek Philosopher, Mystic
- Euripides Ancient Greek Dramatist
- Homer Ancient Greek Poet