Difficulties show men what they are. In case of any difficulty remember that God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil.
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
We are not troubled by things, but by the opinion which we have of things.
A ship ought not to be held by one anchor, nor life by a single hope.
What ought one to say then as each hardship comes? “I was practicing for this, I was training for this.”
Then what makes a beautiful human being? Isn’t it the presence of human excellence? Young friend, if you wish to be beautiful, then work diligently at human excellence. And what is that? Observe those whom you praise without prejudice. The just or the unjust? The just. The even-tempered or the undisciplined? The even-tempered. The self-controlled or the uncontrolled? The self-controlled. In making yourself that kind of person, you will become beautiful—but to the extent you ignore these qualities, you’ll be ugly, even if you use every trick in the book to appear beautiful.
Any person capable of angering you becomes your master; he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him.
Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling that desire.
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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There is only one way to happiness and
that is to cease worrying about things
which are beyond the power of our will.
- Plutarch Ancient Greek Historian
- Aristotle Ancient Greek Philosopher
- Plato Ancient Greek Philosopher
- Epicurus Greek Philosopher
- Heraclitus Ancient Greek Philosopher
- Xenocrates Ancient Greek Philosopher
- Plotinus Ancient Greek Philosopher
- Bias of Priene Ancient Greek Philosopher
- Sophocles Ancient Greek Dramatist
- Euripides Ancient Greek Dramatist