Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment
of what is desired, but by controlling that desire.
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.
There is only one way to happiness and
that is to cease worrying about things
which are beyond the power of our will.
We are not troubled by things, but by the opinion which we have of things.
What ought one to say then as each hardship comes?
I was practicing for this, I was training for this.
Any one thing in the creation is sufficient to demonstrate a Providence to a humble and grateful mind.
Any person capable of angering you becomes your master; he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him.
First say to yourself what you would be;
and then do what you have to do.
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.
What ought one to say then as each hardship comes? “I was practicing for this, I was training for this.”
Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
A ship ought not to be held by one anchor, nor life by a singe hope.
- Plutarch Ancient Greek Historian
- Aristotle Ancient Greek Philosopher
- Epicurus Ancient Greek Philosopher
- Heraclitus Ancient Greek Philosopher
- Plato Ancient Greek Philosopher
- Xenocrates Ancient Greek Philosopher
- Plotinus Ancient Greek Philosopher
- Bias of Priene Ancient Greek Philosopher
- Euripides Ancient Greek Dramatist
- Homer Ancient Greek Poet