Authority and place demonstrate and try the tempers of men, by moving every passion and discovering every frailty.
Plutarch (c.46 - c.120)
Contributed by: Zaady
In human life there is constant change of fortune; and it is unreasonable to expect an exemption from the common fate. Life itself decays, and all things are daily changing.
Socrates said he was not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
Source: On Banishment.
He is a fool who leaves things close at hand to follow what is out of reach.
Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for; and with obscurity, for being unenvied.
A traveller at Sparta, standing long upon one leg, said to a Lacedaemonian, "I do not believe you can do as much." "True," said he, "but every goose can."
It is no disgrace not to be able to do everything; but to undertake or pretend to do what you are not made for, is not only shameful, but extremely troublesome and vexatious.
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