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Refrain from trying to win other people's approval and admiration. You are taking a higher
road.
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Desire and aversion, though powerful, are but habits. And we can train ourselves to have
better habits. Restrain the habit of being repelled by all those things that aren't within your
control, and focus instead on combating things within your power that are not good for you.
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It is incumbent that your thoughts, words, and deeds match up. This is a higher standard
than held by the mob.
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Any person capable of angering you becomes your master; he can anger you only when you
permit yourself to be disturbed by him.
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It is better to die of hunger having lived without grief and fear, than to live with a troubled
spirit, amid abundance.
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Do not try to seem wise to others.
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It is more necessary for the soul to be cured than the body; for it is better to die than to live
badly.
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Virtue is not a matter of degree, but an absolute.
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Most people don't realize that both help and harm come from within ourselves. Instead they
look to externals, mesmerized by appearances.
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Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.
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Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to
follow, in private as well as in public.
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Reason is not measured by size or height, but by principle.
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Difficulty shows what men are. Therefore when a difficulty falls upon you, remember that
God, like a trainer of wrestlers, has matched you with a rough young man. Why? So that you
may become an Olympic conqueror; but it is not accomplished without sweat.
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The virtous life depends on reason first and foremost. If you safeguard your reason, it will
safeguard you.
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Make it your regular habit to consider your roles - parent, child, neighbor, citizen, leader -
and the natural duties that arise from them. Once you know who you are and to whom you
are linked, you will know what to do.
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No man is free who is not master of himself.
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Crows pick out the eyes of the dead, when the dead have no longer need of them; but
flatterers mar the soul of the living, and her eyes they blind.
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Remember: You will never earn the same rewards as others without employing the same
methods and investment of time as they do. It is unreasonable to think we can earn rewards
without being willing to pay their true price.
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Grow up! Who cares what other people think about you?
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Do you wish to be invincible? Then don't enter into combat with what you have no real
control over.
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When something happens, the only thing in your power is your attitude toward it; you can
either accept it or resent it.
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You are a little soul, carrying a corpse.
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One that desires to excel should endeavor in those things that are in themselves most
excellent.
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Nature hath given men one tongue but two ears, that we may hear from others twice as
much as we speak.
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Whatever you would make habitual, practice it; and if you would not make a thing habitual,
do not practice it, but accustom yourself to something else.
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Most people tend to delude themselves into thinking that freedom comes from doing what
feels good or what fosters comfort and ease. The truth is that people who subordinate
reason to their feelings of the moment are actually slaves of their desires and aversions.
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View yourself as a citizen of a worldwide community and act accordingly.
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Attach yourself to what is spiritually superior, regardless of what other people think or do.
Hold to your true aspirations no matter what is going on around you.
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Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it.
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Never depend on the admiration of others. There is no strength in it. Personal merit cannot
be derived from an external source.
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The surest sign of the higher life is serenity. Moral progress results in freedom from inner
turmoil. You can stop fretting about this and that.
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Philosophy's main task is to respond to the soul's cry; to make sense of and thereby free
ourselves from the hold of our griefs and fears.
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