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No man is ever whipped until he quits in his own mind.

The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.
To write well, express yourself like common people, but think like a wise man. Or, think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do.
Melancholy men are of all others the most witty.
Wit is educated insolence.
Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.
The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.
The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way. We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.
We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.
Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.
They [Young People] have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations; moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great things -- and that means having exalted notions. They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones: Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning -- all their mistakes are in the direction of doing things excessively and vehemently. They overdo everything -- they love too much, hate too much, and the same with everything else.
A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.
The battle is all over except the shouting when one knows what is wanted and has made up his mind to get it, whatever the price may be.
Indecision is the seedling of fear.
I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.
To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.
I am always with myself and it is I who am my tormentor.
Why are we so full of restraint? Why do we not give in all directions? Is it fear of losing ourselves? Until we do lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves.
Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don't control what you think, you can't control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.
Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock.
We improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be contest, and we must win.
He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.
When the fight begins within himself, a man's worth something.
The best time for you to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust.
The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life -- knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live.
The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.
It is easy to fly into a passion... anybody can do that, but to be angry with the right person to the right extent and at the right time and in the right way that is not easy.
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
The soul never thinks without a picture.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions.
Happiness is a sort of action.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.
First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.
There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.
Friendship is essentially a partnership.
In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.
A true friend is one soul in two bodies.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.
Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods.
Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
Anyone can become angry -- that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way -- this is not easy.
Hope is the dream of a waking man.
The secret to humor is surprise.
Bad men are full of repentance.
The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.
This is the reason why mothers are more devoted to their children than fathers: it is that they suffer more in giving them birth and are more certain that they are their own.
All men by nature desire to know.
Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
It's best to rise from life like a banquet, neither thirsty or drunken.
It is better to rise from life as from a banquet -- neither thirsty nor drunken.
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
We give up leisure in order that we may have leisure, just as we go to war in order that we may have peace.
The end of labor is to gain leisure.
The angry man will defeat himself in battle as well as in life.

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