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If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may
tend to its increase.
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When our friends are present we ought to treat them well; and when they are absent, to
speak of them well.
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First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
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A wise man is he who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those
which he has.
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Only the educated are free.
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Any one thing in the creation is sufficient to demonstrate a Providence to a humble and
grateful mind.
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Remember that you ought to behave in life as you would at a banquet. As something is
being passed around it comes to you; stretch out your hand, take a portion of it politely. It
passes on; do not detain it. Or it has not come to you yet; do not project your desire to
meet it, but wait until it comes in front of you. So act toward children, so toward a wife, so
toward office, so toward wealth.
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Practice yourself, for heaven's sake, in little things; and thence proceed to greater.
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Shall I show you the sinews of a philosopher? "What sinews are those?" - A will
undisappointed; evils avoided; powers daily exercised; careful resolutions; unerring
decisions.
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Were I a nightingale, I would sing like a nightingale; were I a swan, like a swan. But as it is, I
am a rational being, therefore I must sing hymns of praise to God.
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Be not swept off your feet by the vividness of the impression, but say, "Impression, wait
for me a little. Let me see what you are and what you represent. Let me try you."
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To the rational being only the irrational is unendurable, but the rational is endurable.
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What is the first business of one who practices philosophy? To get rid of self-conceit. For it
is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows.
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Appearances to the mind are of four kinds. Things either are what they appear to be; or
they neither are, nor appear to be; or they are, and do not appear to be; or they are not,
and yet appear to be. Rightly to aim in all these cases is the wise man's task.
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Just because some people are nice to you doesn't mean you should spend time with them.
Just because they seek you out and are interested in you or your affairs doesn't mean you
should associate with them... The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you,
whose presence calls forth your best.
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Control thy passions lest they take vengence on thee.
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No great 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.
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Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.
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Be on your guard against a false sense of self-importance.
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