Our actions may be impeded by them, but there can be no impeding our intentions or our dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting.
Think of what you have rather than of what you lack. Of the things you have, select the best and then reflect how eagerly you would have sought them if you did not have them.
From Plato: the man who has an elevated mind and takes a view of all time and of all substance, dost thou suppose it possible for him to think that human life is anything great? It is not possible, he said. Such a man then will think that death also is no evil.
It is crazy to want what is impossible. And impossible for the wicked not to do so.
Let the god that is within you be the champion of the being you are.
A society of equal laws, governed by equality of status and of speech, and of rulers who respect the liberty of their subjects above all else.