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It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.
 

It is not he who gives abuse that affronts, but the view that we take of it as insulting; so that when one provokes you it is your own opinion which is provoking
[Abuse]
 

It is the action of an uninstructed person to reproach others for his own misfortune; of one entering instruction, to reproach himself; and one perfectly instructed, to reproach neither others nor himself.
 

It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.
 

It is the sign of a dull mind to dwell upon the cares of the body, to prolong exercise, eating and drinking and other bodily functions. These things are best done by the way; all your attention must be given to the mind.
 

It is your own convictions which compels you; that is, choice compels choice.
 

It takes more than just a good looking body. You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it.
 

It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
 

Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.
 

Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.
 

Lameness is an impediment to the body but not to the will.
 

Let death be daily before your eyes, and you will never entertain any abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything.
[Death]
 

Let no man think that he is loved by any who loveth none.
 

Let thy speech of God be renewed day by day, aye, rather than thy meat and drink.
 

Liars are the cause of all the sins and crimes in the world.
 

Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.
 

Men are disturbed not by things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen.
[Events]
 

Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.
[Silence]
 

Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.
 

Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it. Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return. Are you deprived of your estate? is not this also a return?
 


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