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ca. 1 BC - 65 AD, Roman Stoic philosopher

Life is like a play: It's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.
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Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as
useful.
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Know this, that he that is a friend of himself is a friend to all men.
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No man was ever wise by chance.
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Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.
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It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
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Courage leads to heaven; fear leads to death.
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True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to
amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is
sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us
and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing
for what he has not.
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Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
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No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.
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Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
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For greed all nature is too little.
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Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.
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Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is
making for, no wind is the right wind.
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Not he who has little, but he whose wishes more, is poor.
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What is harder than rock? What is softer than water? Yet hard rocks are hollowed out by soft
water.
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Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.
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It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.
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Most men ebb and flow in wretchedness between the fear of death and the hardship of life;
they are unwilling to live, and yet they do not know how to die.
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I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.
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Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.
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Whatever one of us blames in another, each one will find in his own heart.
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There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness
with courage.
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Leisure without literature is death and burial alive.
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So live with men as if God saw you and speak to God, as if men heard you.
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No one can be despised by another until he has learned to despise himself.
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Time discovered truth.
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Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands.
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He is a king who fears nothing, he is a king who desires nothing.
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Authority founded on injustice is never of long duration.
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Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.
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It is quality rather than quantity that matters.
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What were once vices are the fashion of the day.
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It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god.
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Laws do not persuade because they threaten.
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The courts of kings are full of people, but empty of friends.
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A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.
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Greed's worst point is its ingratitude.
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