Ancient Greece
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Silence is safer than speech
Not every difficult and dangerous thing is suitable for training, but only that which is conducive to success in achieving the object of our effort
Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it. Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return. Are you deprived of your estate? Is not this also a return?
Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly
It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them
It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows
If you wish to be a writer, write
If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it
Freedom is the right to live as we wish
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."