For it is in your power to retire into yourself whenever you choose.
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it.
The pride which is proud of want of pride is the most intolerable of all.
Neither worse then nor better is a thing made by being praised.
Death smiles at us all; all we can do is smile back.
The man of ambition thinks to find his good in the operations of others; the man of pleasure in his own sensations; but the man of understanding in his own actions.
A man’s worth is no greater than the worth of his ambitions.
A man should always have these two rules in readiness. First, to do only what the reason of your ruling and legislating faculties suggest for the service of man. Second, to change your opinion whenever anyone at hand sets you right and unsettles you in an opinion, but this change of opinion should come only because you are persuaded that something is just or to the public advantage, not because it appears pleasant or increases your reputation.
Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.