There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
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Love to his soul gave eyes; he knew things are not as they seem. The dream is his real life; the world around him is the dream.
If ordinary people complain that I speak too much of myself, I complain that they do not even think of themselves.
Without doubt, it is a delightful harmony when doing and saying go together.
The greatest and glorious masterpiece of a man is how to live with a purpose.
There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.
So it is with minds. Unless you keep them busy with some definite subject that will bridle and control them, they throw themselves in disorder hither and yon in the vague field of imagination... And there is no mad or idle fancy that they do not bring forth in the agitation.
O Ruler of Olympus, why did it please thee to add more care to worried mortals by letting them learn of future slaughters by means of cruel omens! Whatever thou hast in store, do it unexpectedly; let the minds of men be blind to their future fate: let him who fears, still cling to hope!
Let death take me planting my cabbages, indifferent to him, and still less of my garden not being finished.
If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.
All we do is to look after the opinions and learning of others: we ought to make them our own.
In truth, knowledge is a great and very useful quality; those who despise it give evidence enough of their stupidity. Yet I do not set its value at that extreme measure that some attribute to it, such as the philosopher Herillus, who find in it the sovereign good and think it has the power to make us wise and happy.