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" All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain. "
" Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit. "
" It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death. "
" Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly. "
" Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. "
" Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them. "
" We tell lies, yet it is easy to show that lying is immoral. "
" You may be always victorious if you will never enter into any contest where the issue does not wholly depend upon yourself. "
" First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak. "
" Only the educated are free. "
" If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid. "
" When you are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger. "
" Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else. "
" Silence is safer than speech. "
" He is a drunkard who takes more than three glasses though he be not drunk. "
" Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public. "
" If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonorable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible. "
" The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests. "
" If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please. "
" He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. "
" Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant. "
" You are a little soul carrying around a corpse. "
" No greater thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen. "
" No man is free who is not master of himself. "
" If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother. "
" Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it. Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return. Are you deprived of your estate? Is not this also a return? "
" We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope. "
" We are not to give credit to the many, who say that none ought to be educated but the free; but rather to the philosophers, who say that the well-educated alone are free. "
" God has entrusted me with myself. "
" The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing. "
" It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows. "