Leisure without literature is death, or rather the burial of a living man Otium sine litteris mors est et hominis vivi sepultura.
The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires.
Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity.
It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
What should a wise person do when given a blow Same as Cato when he was attacked not fire up or revenge the insult., or even return the blow, but simply ignore it.
That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather an ambition than a bounty.
He who boasts of his descent, praises the deeds of another.
Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment.
We have suffered lightly, if we have suffered what we should weep for.
Why does no one confess his sins Because he is yet in them. It is for a man who has awoke from sleep to tell his dreams.
He who decides a case without hearing the other side ... though he decides justly, cannot be considered just.
The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.
Let us bear with magnanimity whatever it is needful for us to bear.
A large part of mankind is angry not with the sins, but with the sinners.
What with our hooks, snares, nets, and dogs, we are at war with all living creatures, and nothing comes amiss but that which is either too cheap or too common and all this is to gratify a fantastical palate.
The hour which gives us life begins to take it away.
It is quality rather than quantity that matters.
Freedom is not being a slave to any circumstance, to any constraint, to any chance it means compelling Fortune to enter the lists on equal terms.
The ascent from earth to heaven is not easy.
The bad fortune of the good turns their faces up to heaven; the good fortune of the bad bows their heads down to the earth.
See how does great prosperity overspreads the mind with darkness.
No one is better born than another, unless they are born with better abilities and a more amiable disposition.
While we are postponing life speeds up.
Nature does not bestow virtue to be good is an art.
All art is but imitation of nature.
Nothing is so contemptible as the sentiments of the mob.
We are more wicked together than separately. If you are forced to be in a crowd, then most of all you should withdraw into yourself.
There can be slain No sacrifice to God more acceptable Than an unjust and wicked king.
There is no great genius without a tincture of madness. Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementi.
People do not care how nobly they live, only how long, despite the fact that it is within everyone's reach to live nobly, but within no one's reach to live long.
The way is long if one follows precepts, but short... if one follows patterns.
It's not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It's because we dare not venture that they are difficult.
A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.
Man is a reasoning Animal.
The heart is great which shows moderation in the midst of prosperity.
Our (the Stoic) motto, as you know, is live according to nature.
It is not goodness to be better than the very worst.
There is no delight in owning anything unshared.
Nothing becomes so offensive so quickly as grief. When fresh it finds someone to console it, but when it becomes chronic, it is ridiculed, and rightly.
That moderation which nature prescribes, which limits our desires by resources restricted to our needs, has abandoned the field it has now come to this - that to want only what is enough is a sign both of boorishness and of utter destitution.
In war, when a commander becomes so bereft of reason and perspective that he fails to understand the dependence of arms on Divine guidance, he no longer deserves victory.
It is not goodness to be better than the worst. Bonitas non est pessimis esse meliorem.
Old age is an incurable disease.
So live with men as if God saw you and speak to God, as if men heard you.
Fidelity purchased with money, money can destroy.
The best ideas are common property.
The display of grief makes more demands than grief itself. How few men are sad in their own company.
True praise comes often even to the lowly; false praise only to the strong.
The less we deserve good fortune, the more we hope for it.
You can tell every man's character when you see how they receive praise.
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