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If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend to its increase.
 

If you hear that someone is speaking ill of you, instead of trying to defend yourself you should say: 'He obviously does not know me very well, since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned'
 

If you remember that God stands by to behold and visit all that you do; whether in the body or in the soul, you surely will not err in any prayer or deed; and you shall have God to dwell with you.
 

If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonorable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible.
 

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.
 

If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
 

If you wish to live a life free from sorrow, think of what is going to happen as if it had already happened.
[Positive]
 

If you would be a reader, read; if a writer,write
[Writers And Writing]
 

If you would be good, first believe you are bad.
[Repentance]
 

If you would cure anger, do not feed it. Say to yourself: 'I used to be angry every day; then every other day; now only every third or fourth day.' When you reach thirty days offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the gods.
 

Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.
 

In all the affairs of life let it be your great care, 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.
 

In every affair consider what precedes and what follows, and then undertake it
 

In order to please others, we loose our hold on our life's purpose.
 

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.
[Will]
 

In theory there is nothing to hinder our following what we are taught; but in life there are many things to draw us aside.
 

Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.
 

It is difficulties that show what men are
 

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.
[Begin]
 

It is no easy thing for a principle to become a man's own unless each day he maintains it and works it out in his life.
[One Day]
 


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