All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.
It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.
When you are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.
The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
Do not laugh much or often or unrestrainedly.
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
To accuse others for one’s own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one’s education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one’s education is complete.
Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it. Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return. Are you deprived of your estate? Is not this also a return?
Practice yourself, for heaven’s sake in little things, and then proceed to greater.