We must exercise ourselves in the things which bring happiness, since, if that be present, we have everything, and, if that be absent, all our actions are directed toward attaining it.
Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.
The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd.
It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.
It is better for you to be free of fear lying upon a pallet, than to have a golden couch and a rich table and be full of trouble.
If God listened to the prayers of men, all men would quickly have perished: for they are forever praying for evil against one another.
It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.
Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
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