See one promontory, one mountain, one sea, one river and see all.
Nothing is to be preferred before justice.
We cannot live better than in seeking to become better, nor more agreeably than in having a clear conscience.
Happiness is unrepentant pleasure.
Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
I was afraid that by observing objects with my eyes and trying to comprehend them with each of my other senses I might blind my soul altogether.
Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.
This discussion is not about any chance question, but about the way one should live.
Better do a little well, than a great deal badly.
I must first know myself, as the Delphian inscription says; to be curious about that which is not my concern, while I am still in ignorance of my own self, would be ridiculous. And therefore I bid farewell to all this; the common opinion is enough for me. For, as I was saying, I want to know not about this, but about myself: am I a monster more complicated and swollen with passion than the serpent Typho, or a creature of a gentler and simpler sort, to whom Nature has given a diviner and lowlier destiny?
There is only one good—knowledge; and only one evil—ignorance.
One word frees us Of all the weight and pain in life, That word is Love
One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any man, however much we have suffered from him.
No man undertakes a trade he has not learned, even the meanest; yet everyone thinks himself sufficiently qualified for the hardest of all trades, that of government.
To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?
Topics: Nature, Death
An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all
I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
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