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It is impossible for someone to dispel his fears about the most important matters if he doesn't know the nature of the universe but still gives some credence to myths. So without the study of nature there is no enjoyment of pure pleasure.
 

It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly. And it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living a pleasant life.
[Life]
 

It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.
[Friendship]
 

It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.
[Against]
 

It is vain to ask of the gods what man is capable of supplying for himself.
[Prayer]
 

Justice is a contract of expediency, entered upon to prevent men harming or being harmed.
 

Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul.
 

Luxurious food and drinks, in no way protect you from harm. Wealth beyond what is natural, is no more use than an overflowing container. Real value is not generated by theaters, and baths, perfumes or ointments, but by philosophy.
 

Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.
 

Natural justice is a symbol or expression of usefulness, to prevent one person from harming or being harmed by another.
 

No pleasure is in itself evil, but the things which produce certain pleasures entail annoyances many times greater than the pleasures themselves.
 

Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.
 

Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.
[Forgiveness]
 

Of all the means which wisdom acquires to ensure happiness throughout the whole of life, by far the most important is friendship.
[Family]
 

Of our desires some are natural and necessary, others are natural but not necessary; and others are neither natural nor necessary, but are due to groundless opinion.
 

Pleasure is the beginning and the end of living happily.
 

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss.
 

Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest.
 

The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.
[Art]
 

The flesh endures the storms of the present alone, the mind those of the past and future as well.
[The Present]
 


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