A man is as unhappy as he has convinced himself he is.
Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)
Source: Letters from a Stoic
Contributed by: Zaady
What view is one likely to take of the state of a person's mind when his speech is wild and incoherent and knows no constraint?
We should live as if we were in public view, and think, too, as if someone could peer into the inmost recesses of our hearts-which someone can!
When one has lost a friend one's eyes should be neither dry nor streaming. Tears, yes, there should be, but not lamentation.
Retire into yourself as much as possible. Associate with people who are likely to improve you. Welcome those whom you are capable of improving. The process is a mutual one. People learn as they teach.
Shall I tell you what philosophy holds out to humanity? Counsel...You are called in to help the unhappy.
What is required is not a lot words, but effectual ones.
A good character is the only guarantee of everlasting, carefree happiness.
The philosopher: he alone knows how to live for himself. He is the one, in fact, who knows the fundamental thing: how to live.
No one should feel pride in anything that is not his own.
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