Every man must be content with that glory which he may have at home.
Man is so constituted that he then only excels other things when he knows himself.
One's virtue is all that one truly has, because it is not imperiled by the vicissitudes of fortune.
If there is anything good about nobility it is that it enforces the necessity of avoiding degeneracy.
No man can ever be secure until he has been forsaken by Fortune.
The good is the end toward which all things tend.
Good men seek it by the natural means of the virtues; evil men, however, try to achieve the same goal by a variety of concupiscences, and that is surely an unnatural way of seeking the good. Don't you agree?
Whose happiness is so firmly established that he has no quarrel from any side with his estate of life?
All fortune is good fortune; for it either rewards, disciplines, amends, or punishes, and so is either useful or just.
In other living creatures the ignorance of themselves is nature, but in men it is a vice.
You know when you have found your prince because you not only have a smile on your face but in your heart as well. Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart. Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.
Music is part of us, and either ennobles or degrades our behavior.
The completely simultaneous and perfect possession of unlimited life at a single moment.
Whose souls, albeit in a cloudy memory, yet seek back their good, but, like drunk men, know not the road home.
Love has three kinds of origin, namely: suffering, friendship and love. A human love has a corporal and intellectual origin.
For in all adversity of fortune the worst sort of misery is to have been happy.
But by the same logic as men become just through the possession of justice, or wise through the possession of wisdom, so those who possess divinity necessary become divine. Each happy individual is therefore divine. While only God is so by nature, as many as you like may become so by participation.
So dry your tears. Fortune has not yet turned her hatred against all your blessings. The storm has not yet broken upon you with too much violence. Your anchors are holding firm and they permit you both comfort in the present, and hope in the future.
No man is rich who shakes and groans Convinced that he needs more.
Your mind is likewise blocked. But the right road awaits you still. Cast out your doubts, your fears and your desires, let go of grief and of hope as well, for where these rule the mind is their subject.
Human perversity, then, makes divisions of that which by nature is one and simple, and in attempting to obtain part of something which has no parts, succeeds in getting neither the part- which is nothing- nor the whole, which they are not interested in.
The greatest misery in adverse fortune is once to have been happy.
Contemplate the extent and stability of the heavens, and then at last cease to admire worthless things.
And it is because you don't know the end and purpose of things that you think the wicked and the criminal have power and happiness.
As far as possible, join faith to reason.
Love binds people too, in matrimony's sacred bonds where chaste lovers are met, and friends cement their trust and friendship. How happy is mankind, if the love that orders the stars above rules, too, in your hearts.
Indeed, the condition of human nature is just this; man towers above the rest of creation so long as he realizes his own nature, and when he forgets it, he sinks lower than the beasts. For other living things to be ignorant of themselves, is natural; but for man it is a defect.
Balance out the good things and the bad that have happened in your life and you will have to acknowledge that you are still way ahead. You are unhappy because you have lost those things in which you took pleasure? But you can also take comfort in the likelihood that what is now making you miserable will also pass away.
Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.
Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it.