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Think not disdainfully of death, but look on it with favor; for even death is one of the things that Nature wills.
 

Think of the totality of all Being, and what a mite of it is yours; think of all Time, and the brief fleeting instant of it that is allotted to yourself; think of Destiny, and how puny a part of it you are.
 

This is the chief thing: be not perturbed, for all things are according to the nature of the universal.
 

Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.
[One Day]
 

To change your mind and to follow him who sets you right is to be nonetheless the free agent that you were before.
 

To live each day as though one's last, never flustered, never apathetic, never attitudinizing-here is perfection of character.
[One Day]
 

To live happily is an inward power of the soul.
[Happiness]
 

To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.
 

To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution.
 

To them that ask, where have you seen the Gods, or how do you know for certain there are Gods, that you are so devout in their worship? I answer: Neither have I ever seen my own soul, and yet I respect and honor it.
[God]
 

To understand the true quality of people, you must look into their minds, and examine their pursuits and aversions.
 

Tomorrow is nothing, today is too late; the good lived yesterday.
 

Try to live the life of the good man who is more than content with what is allocated to him.
[Forgiveness]
 

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
 

Vex not thy spirit at the course of things; they heed not thy vexation. How ludicrous and outlandish is astonishment at anything that may happen in life.
[Acceptance]
 

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
 

We are all working together to one end, some with knowledge and design, and others without knowing what they do.
 

We are too much accustomed to attribute to a single cause that which is the product of several, and the majority of our controversies come from that.
 

We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne.
 

What is not good for the swarm is not good for the bee.
 


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