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Contentment comes not so much from great wealth as from few wants.
[Contentment]
 

Control thy passions, lest they take vengeance on thee.
 

Covetousness like jealousy, when it has taken root, never leaves a person, but with their life. Cowardice is the dread of what will happen.
 

Crows pick out the eyes of the dead, when the dead have no longer need of them; but flatterers mar the soul of the living, and her eyes they blind.
 

Demand not that events should happen as you wish, but wish them to happen as they do, and you will go on well.
[Resignation]
 

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.
[Difficulty]
 

Do not give sentence in another tribunal till you have been yourself judged in the tribunal of Justice.
 

Do not laugh much or often or unrestrainedly.
 

Do not seek to have events happen as you want them to, but instead want them to happen as they do happen, and your life will go well
 

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.
[One Day]
 

Even as the Sun doth not wait for prayers and incantations to rise, but shines forth and is welcomed by all: so thou also wait not for clapping of hands and shouts and praise to do thy duty; nay, do good of thine own accord, and thou wilt be loved like the Sun.
 

Everything has two handles, one by which it may be borne, the other by which it may not
 

Exceed due measure, and the most delightful things become the least delightful.
 

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
 

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
[Goals]
 

Follow through on all your generous impulses.
 

For it is not death or hardship that is a fearful thing, but the fear of death and hardship.
 

Fortify thyself with contentment: that is an impregnable stronghold.
 

Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.
[Forgiveness]
 

Freedom is the name of virtue: Slavery, of vice.... None is a slave whose acts are free.
 


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