When men are inhuman, take care not to feel towards them as they do towards other humans.

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Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life.

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It is not death that a man should fear, but rather he should fear never beginning to live.

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Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together,but do so with all your heart.

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Be not disgusted, nor discouraged, nor dissatisfied, if thou dost not succeed in doing everything according to right principles; but when thou bast failed, return back again, and be content if the greater part of what thou doest is consistent with man’s nature, and love this to which thou returnest

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Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

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In an expression of true gratitude, sadness is conspicuous only by its absence.

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Take full account of what Excellencies you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.

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Think of the universal substance, of which thou has a very small portion; and of universal time, of which a short and indivisible interval has been assigned to thee; and of that which is fixed by destiny, and how small a part of it thou art.

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You are a little soul carrying about a corpse, as Epictetus used to say.

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A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.

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