Raising children is an uncertain thing; success is reached only after a life of battle and worry.
Men should strive to think much and know little.
Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth; the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence.
Our sins are more easily remembered than our good deeds.
Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity.
Many much-learned men have no intelligence.
Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.
Men achieve cheerfulness by moderation in pleasure and by proportion in their life excess and deficiency are apt to fluctuate and cause great changes in the soul. And souls which change over great intervals are neither stable nor cheerful. So one should set one’s mind on what is possible and be content with what one has taking little account of those who are admired and envied and not dwelling on them in thought but one should consider the lives of those who are in distress thinking of their grievous sufferings so that what one has and possesses will seem great and enviable and one will cease to suffer in one’s soul through the desire for more.
The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.
Good means not merely not to do wrong, but rather not to desire to do wrong.
Throw moderation to the winds, and the greatest pleasures bring the greatest pains.
Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.