Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
Plutarch (c.46 - c.120)
Contributed by: Zaady
The continuance and frequent fits of anger produce in the soul a propensity to be angry; which ofttimes ends in choler, bitterness, and morosity, when the mid becomes ulcerated, peevish, and querulous, and is wounded by the least occurrence.
Authority and place demonstrate and try the tempers of men, by moving every passion and discovering every frailty.
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.
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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