Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.
Remember what is unbecoming to do is also unbecoming to speak of.
Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.
Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
I was afraid that by observing objects with my eyes and trying to comprehend them with each of my other senses I might blind my soul altogether.
By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.
Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
Where there is reverence there is fear, but there is not reverence everywhere that there is fear, because fear presumably has a wider extension than reverence.
They are not only idle who do nothing, but they are idle also who might be better employed.
Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.
Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods.
I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms.
What a lot of things there are a man can do without.
To find yourself, think for yourself.
One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing.
How many are the things I can do without!
Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.
The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.
There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.
Slanderers do not hurt me because they do not hit me.