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Life is a warfare and a stranger's sojourn, and after fame is oblivion.
[Life]
 

Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.
 

Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.
 

Living calls for the art of the wrestler, not the dancer. Staying on your feet is all; there is no need for pretty steps.
 

Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.
 

Look beneath the surface; let not the several quality of a thing nor its worth escape thee.
 

Look to the essence of a thing, whether it be a point of doctrine, of practice, or of interpretation.
 

Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.
[Self Reliance]
 

Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.
 

Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.
[Change]
 

Love only what befalls you and is spun for you by fate.
[Acceptance]
 

Man must be arched and buttressed from within, else the temple wavers to dust.
[Self Reliance]
 

Mark how fleeting and paltry is the estate of man - yesterday in embryo, tomorrow a mummy or ashes. So for the hairsbreadth of time assigned to thee, live rationally, and part with life cheerfully, as drops the ripe olive, extolling the season that bore it and the tree that matured it.
 

Men exist for the sake of one another.
 

Men seek retreats for themselves, houses in the country, sea-shores, and mountains; and thou too art wont to desire such things very much. But this is altogether a mark of the most common sort of men, for it is in thy power whenever thou shalt choose to retire into thyself. For nowhere either with more quiet or more freedom from trouble does a man retire than into his own soul
 

Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
 

Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.
 

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.
[Against]
 

No man is happy who does not think himself so.
[Happiness]
 

Nothing befalls a man except what is in his nature to endure.
[Adversity]
 


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