To govern was to serve, not to rule.
Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)
Source: Letters from a Stoic
Contributed by: Zaady
As it is with a play, so it is with life-what matters is not how long the acting lasts, but how good it is.
For men in a state of freedom had thatch for their shelter, while slavery dwells beneath marble and gold.
How much better to pursue a straight course and eventually reach that destination where the things that are pleasant are the things that are honorable finally become, for you, the same.
Every journey has an end.
The wise man...lacked nothing but needed a great number of things, whereas the fool, on the other hand, needs nothing (for he does not know how to use anything) but lacks everything.
The evil which assails us is not in the localities we inhabit but in ourselves.
Source: Moral Essays, "De Tranquillitate Animi" (On Tranquility of Mind)
The road be precepts is tedious, by example short and efficacious.
Source: On Travel as a Cure for Discontent
I do not distinguish by the eye, but by the mind, which is the proper judge of the man.
Source: On a Happy Life (L'Estrange's Abstract), chap. i.
What must be shall be; and that which is a necessity to him that struggles, is little more than choice to him that struggles.
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