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.
If it does not fit leave it, if it is not true do not say it.
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...
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.
If the gods have determined about me and about the things which must happen to me, they have determined well, for it is not easy even to imagine a deity without forethought; and as to doing me harm, why should they have any desire towards that? For what advantage would result to them from this...
Death hangs over thee, While thou still live, while thou may, do good
Though you break your heart, men will go on as before
Shame on the soul, to falter on the road of life while the body yet endures
Glory arrives too late when it comes only to one’s ashes
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,
He misses what is meant by epigram – who thinks it only frivolous flimflam