Thou hast existed as a part; thou shalt disappear into that which produced thee. This, too, nature wills. Pass then through this little space of time conformably to nature and end thy journey in content, just as the olive falls when it is ripe, thanking the tree on which it grew and blessing the nature that gave it birth.
Death is a release from the impressions of the senses, and from desires that make us their puppets, and from the vagaries of the mind, and from the hard service of the flesh.
Topics: Dying, Death
Give thy mind more to what thou has than to what thou hast not.
Vex not thy spirit at the course of things; they heed not thy vexation. How ludicrous and outlandish is astonishment at anything that may happen in life.
Topics: Realistic Expectations, Acceptance
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
To them that ask, where have you seen the Gods, or how do you know for certain there are Gods, that you are so devout in their worship? I answer: Neither have I ever seen my own soul, and yet I respect and honor it.
Topics: Faith, Divinity, God
One universe made up all that is; and one God in it all, and one principle of being, and one law, the reason shared by all thinking creatures, and one truth.
A man should be upright, not be kept upright.
Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself, and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise.
If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.
Topics: Judging, Judgment, Judges
The most complete revenge is not to imitate the aggressor.
Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.
Topics: Time, Time Management
Such as are thy habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of thy soul-for the soul is dyed by the thoughts. Dye it then, with a continuous series of such thoughts as these-that where a man can live, there if he will, he can also live well.
Topics: Habit, Character, Thinking, Habits
To live each day as though one’s last, never flustered, never apathetic, never attitudinizing—here is perfection of character.
Topics: Time Management
Mark how fleeting and paltry is the estate of man—yesterday in embryo, tomorrow a mummy or ashes. So for the hairsbreadth of time assigned to thee, live rationally, and part with life cheerfully, as drops the ripe olive, extolling the season that bore it and the tree that matured it.
Topics: Mankind, Man, Humankind, Humanity
Always observe how ephemeral and worthless human things are. Pass then through this little space of time conformably to nature, and end thy journey in content, just as an olive falls off when it is ripe, blessing nature who produced it, and thanking the tree on which it grew.
Topics: Humanity, Humankind
If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.
Here is the rule to remember in the future, When anything tempts you to be bitter: not, “This is a misfortune” but “To bear this worthily is good fortune.”
Ask thyself, daily, to how many ill-minded persons thou hast shown a kind disposition.
All the transactions of the past differ very little from those of the present.
It is the duty of men to love even those who injure them.
Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.
Forward, as occasion offers.
Never look round to see whether any shall note it….
Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter,
and think that even such a result is no trifle.
You exist but as a part inherent in a greater whole. Do not live as though you had a thousand years before you. The common due impends; while you live, and while you may, be good.
Snow endures but for a season, and joy comes with the morning.
A man’s true greatness lies in the consciousness of an honest purpose in life, founded on a just estimate of himself and everything else, on frequent self-examinations, and a steady obedience to the rule which he knows to be right, without troubling himself about what others may think or say, or whether they do or do not that which he thinks and says and does.
All things change, and you yourself are constantly wasting away. So also is the universe.
He tells himself over and over again in any choice presented to him, ‘Prefer the hard.’ This holds good not only in great matters, but also in very small, in fighting by the frozen Danube and in starting the day early.
This is moral perfection: to live each day as though it were the last; to be tranquil, sincere.
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- Jacques Derrida French Philosopher, Literary Theorist
- John Rawls American Philosopher
- Karl Popper Austrian-born British Philosopher
- Zeno of Citium Greek Philosopher
- Jeremy Bentham British Philosopher, Economist
- Friedrich Schleiermacher German Theologian
- Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach German Philosopher
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel German Philosopher
- Mencius Chinese Philosopher, Sage
- Boethius Roman Statesman, Philosopher