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The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
[History]
 

The just man is most free from disturbance, while the unjust is full of the utmost disturbance.
 

The man least dependent upon the morrow goes to meet the morrow most cheerfully.
[The Present]
 

The mind that is much elevated and insolent with prosperity, and cast down by adversity, is generally abject and base.
[Prosperity]
 

The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.
 

The summit of pleasure is the elimination of all that gives pain.
[Forgiveness]
 

The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd.
 

The wealth required by nature is limited and is easy to procure; but the wealth required by vain ideals extends to infinity.
 

There is no such thing as justice in the abstract; it is merely a compact between men.
 

Those animals which are incapable of making binding agreements with one another not to inflict nor suffer harm are without either justice or injustice; and likewise for those peoples who either could not or would not form binding agreements not to inflict nor suffer harm.
 

Those who were best able to provide themselves with the means of security against their neighbors, being thus in possession of the surest guarantee, passed the most agreeable life in each other's society; and their enjoyment of the fullest intimacy was such that, if one of them died before his time, the survivors did not mourn his death as if it called for sympathy.
 

To be rich is not the end, but only a change, of worries.
[Worry]
 

We begin every act of choice and avoidance from pleasure, and it is to pleasure that we return using our experience of pleasure as the criterion of every good thing.
 

We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need.
 

We must consider both the ultimate end and all clear sensory evidence, to which we refer our opinions; for otherwise everything will be full of uncertainty and confusion.
 

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.
[Wealth]
 

When we have only a little we should be satisfied; for this reason, that those best enjoy abundance who are contented with the least.
[Poverty]
 

Where without any change in circumstances the things held to be just by law are seen not to correspond with the concept of justice in actual practice, such laws are not really just; but wherever the laws have ceased to be advantageous because of a change in circumstances, in that case the laws were for that time just when they were advantageous for the mutual dealings of the citizens, and subsequently ceased to be just when they were no longer advantageous.
 

Whoever does not regard what he has as most ample wealth is unhappy, though he is master of the world.
[Forgiveness]
 

You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
[Being]
 


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