Always observe how ephemeral and worthless human things are. Pass then through this little space of time conformably to nature, and end thy journey in content, just as an olive falls off when it is ripe, blessing nature who produced it, and thanking the tree on which it grew.
Though you break your heart, men will go on as before
When I was ill, you came to me, Doctor, and with great urgency A hundred students brought With you A most instructive case to view The hundred fingered me with hands Chill’d by the blasts of northern lands: Fever at outset had I none I have it, Sir,
Death hangs over thee, While thou still live, while thou may, do good
If it does not fit leave it, if it is not true do not say it.
Glory arrives too late when it comes only to one’s ashes
He misses what is meant by epigram – who thinks it only frivolous flimflam
Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.
Shame on the soul, to falter on the road of life while the body yet endures
Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else.
Do every act of your life as if it were your last.
All of us are creatures of a day; the rememberer and the remembered alike
Give up your thirst for books, so that you do not die a grouch.
It is not the actions of others which trouble us (for those actions are controlled by their governing part), but rather it is our own judgments. Therefore remove those judgments and resolve to let go of your anger, and it will already be gone. How do you let go? By realizing that such actions are...
Execute every act of thy life as though it were thy last.
Every hour be firmly resolved… to accomplish the work at hand with fitting and unaffected dignity, goodwill, freedom, justice. Banish from your thoughts all other considerations. This is possible if you perform each act as if it were your last, rejecting every frivolous distraction, every denial of the rule of reason, every pretentious gesture, vain...
Remember: philosophy requiresonly what your nature already demands.