Thou must be like a promontory of the sea,
against which, though the waves beat continually,
yet it both itself stands, and about it are
those swelling waves stilled and quieted.
Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive — to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
Let your one delight and refreshment be to pass from one service to the community to another, with God ever in mind.
Humans have come into being for the sake of each other, so either teach them, or learn to bear them.
Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. Soak it then in such trains of thoughts as, for example: Where life is possible at all, a right life is possible.
Topics: Habit, Life, Attitude, Thinking, Thoughts
Treat with utmost respect your power of forming opinions, for this power alone guards you against making assumptions that are contrary to nature and judgments that overthrow the rule of reason.
It’s silly to try to escape other people’s faults. They are inescapable. Just try to escape your own.
Forward, as occasion offers.
Never look round to see whether any shall note it….
Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter,
and think that even such a result is no trifle.
The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.
You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.
Such as are thy habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of thy soul-for the soul is dyed by the thoughts. Dye it then, with a continuous series of such thoughts as these-that where a man can live, there if he will, he can also live well.
Topics: Thinking, Habit, Character
We ought to do good to others as simply and naturally as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne.
Topics: Kindness, Goodness
Neither worse then or better is a thing made by being praised.
Remember that what pulls the strings is the force hidden within; there lies the power to persuade, there the life—there, if one must speak out, the real man.
Topics: Self-reliance, Confidence
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- Jacques Derrida French Philosopher, Literary Theorist
- Zeno of Citium Greek Philosopher
- Karl Popper Austrian-born British Philosopher
- Jeremy Bentham British Philosopher, Economist
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel German Philosopher
- Boethius Roman Statesman, Philosopher
- Karl Marx German Philosopher, Economist
- Aristotle Ancient Greek Philosopher
- Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz German Philosopher, Mathematician
- Cicero Roman Philosopher