(582-500 B. C.), Greek philosopher
Anger begins in folly, and ends in repentance.
Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be; custom will soon render it easy and agreeable.
If there be light, then there is darkness; if cold, then heat; if height, depth also; if solid, then fluid; hardness and softness; roughness and smoothness; calm and tempest; prosperity and adversity; life and death.
Choose always the way that seems best, however rough it may be, and custom will soon render it easy and agreeable.
Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please.
Ability and necessity dwell near each other.
He who knoweth not what he ought to know, is a brute beast among men; he that knoweth no more than he hath need of, is a man among brute beasts; and he that knoweth all that may be known, is as a God among men.
In this theater of man's life, it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers-on.
No man is free who cannot command himself.
Let not sleep fall upon thy eyes till thou hast thrice reviewed the transactions of the past day. Where have I turned aside from rectitude? What have I been doing? What have I left undone, which I ought to have done? Begin thus from the first act, and proceed; and, in conclusion, at the ill which thou hast done, be troubled, and rejoice for the good.
Above all things, reverenee yourself.
It is better either to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few.
A wound from a tongue is worse than a wound from a sword; for the latter affects only the body, the former the spirit.
Truth is so great a perfection, that if God would render himself visible to men, he would choose light for his body and truth for his soul.
Wealth is a weak anchor, and glory cannot support a man; this is the law of God, that virtue only is firm, and cannot be shaken by a tempest.
This is the law of God, that virtue only is firm, and cannot be shaken by a tempest.
It is only necessary to make war with five things: with the maladies of the body, the ignorances of the mind, with the passions of the body, with the seditions of the city, and the discords of families.