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Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.

Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.

Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.
[Peace Of Mind]

Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.

One can live well even in a palace.

Opinion is the main thing which does good or harm in the world. It is our false opinions of things which ruin us.

Our life is what our thoughts make it.

Our understandings are always liable to error. - Nature and certainty are very hard to come at, and infallibility is mere vanity and pretence.

Perhaps there are none more lazy, or more truly ignorant, than your everlasting readers.

Poverty is the mother of crime.

Put it out of the power of truth to give you an ill character. - If anybody reports you not to be an honest man let your practice give him the lie.

Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.

Remember this-that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.

Say to yourself in the early morning: I shall meet today inquisitive, ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, uncharitable men. All these things have come upon them through ignorance of real good and ill.

Search men's governing principles, and consider the wise, what they shun and what they cleave to.

Snow endures but for a season, and joy comes with the morning.

Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.

Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.

Take heed not to be transformed into a Caesar, not to be dipped in the purple dye, for it does happen. Keep yourself therefore, simple, good, pure, grave, unaffected, the friend of justice, religious, kind, affectionate, strong for your proper work. Wrestle to be the man philosophy wished to make you. Reverence the gods, save men. Life is brief; there is but one harvest of earthly existence, a holy disposition and neighborly acts.

That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees.

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