Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.
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?
People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them.
It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.
It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
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.
He is a drunkard who takes more than three glasses though he be not drunk.
The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.
You may be always victorious if you will never enter into any contest where the issue does not wholly depend upon yourself.
Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.
We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope.
It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting.
If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of these for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us, progress is always an approach toward it.
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