Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.
We are too much accustomed to attribute to a single cause that which is the product of several, and the majority of our controversies come from that.
Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.
A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise.
Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.
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.
Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.
Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.
Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.
Men exist for the sake of one another.
Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.
When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man's life.
Anger cannot be dishonest.
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that you shall live.
A man's worth is no greater than his ambitions.
Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.
We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne.
What springs from earth dissolves to earth again, and heaven-born things fly to their native seat.
Each thing is of like form from everlasting and comes round again in its cycle.
Begin - to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.
Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.
Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.