Execute every act of thy life as though it were thy last.
The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.
The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
Accustom yourself not to be disregarding of what someone else has to say: as far as possible enter into the mind of the speaker.
To understand the true quality of people, you must look into their minds, and examine their pursuits and aversions.
Or is it your reputation that's bothering you? But look at how soon we're all forgotten. The abyss of endless time that swallows it all. The emptiness of those applauding hands. The people who praise us; how capricious they are, how arbitrary. And the tiny region it takes place. The whole earth a point in space - and most of it uninhabited.
Our anger and annoyance are more detrimental to us than the things themselves which anger or annoy us.
Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.
Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.
The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject.
You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinions than our own.
Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?
Say to yourself in the early morning: I shall meet today ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, uncharitable men. All of these things have come upon them through ignorance of real good and ill... I can neither be harmed by any of them, for no man will involve me in wrong, nor can I be angry with my kinsman or hate him; for we have come into the world to work together...
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
I'm going to be meeting with people today who talk too much - people who are selfish, egotistical, ungrateful. But I won't be surprised or disturbed, for I can't imagine a world without such people.
You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can't control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone.
Do not waste what remains of your life in speculating about your neighbors, unless with a view to some mutual benefit. To wonder what so-and-so is doing and why, or what he is saying, or thinking, or scheming - in a word, anything that distracts you from fidelity to the ruler within you - means a loss of opportunity for some other task.
What we do in life ripples in eternity.
Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
Short is the little time which remains to thee of life. Live as on a mountain.
Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. Soak it then in such trains of thoughts as, for example: Where life is possible at all, a right life is possible.
If someone can prove me wrong and show me my mistake in any thought or action, I shall gladly change. I seek the truth, which never harmed anyone: the harm is to persist in one's own self-deception and ignorance.
Give yourself a gift: the present moment.
Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
No one was ever injured by the truth; but he who persists in self-deception and ignorance is injured.
Dig within. There lies the wellspring of good.
Every man's life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain.
Does what's happened keep you from acting with justice, generosity, self-control, sanity, prudence, honesty, humility, straightforward ness, and all other qualities that allow a person's nature to fulfill itself? So remember this principle when something threatens to cause you pain: the thing itself was no misfortune at all; to endure it and prevail is great good fortune.
Treat with utmost respect your power of forming opinions, for this power alone guards you against making assumptions that are contrary to nature and judgments that overthrow the rule of reason.
Past and future have no power over you. Just the present - and even that can be minimized.
Failing to understand the workings of one's own mind is bound to lead to unhappiness.
If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.
Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself.
Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.
The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.