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Fire tries gold, misery tries brave men.
[Lat., Ignis aurum probat, misera fortes viros.]
- De Providentia (V) [Misery]
Nothing is more dishonourable than an old man, heavy with years, who has no other evidence of his having lived long except his age.
[Lat., Nihil turpius est, quam grandis natu senex, qui nullum aliud habet argumentum, quo se probet diu vixisse, praeter aetatum.]
- De Tranquillitate Animi (III, 8) [Age]
It is an extreme evil to depart from the company of the living before you die.
[Lat., Ultimum malorum est ex vivorum numero exire antequam moriaris.]
- De Tranquillitate Animi (V, v) [Death]
There is nothing so disagreeable, that a patient mind can not find some solace for it.
[Lat., Nihil tam acerbum est in quo non aequus animus solatium inveniat.]
- De Tranquillitate Animi (X, 4) [Patience]
There has never been any great genius without a spice of madness.
[Lat., Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae fuit.]
- De Tranquillitate Animi (XVII, 10)
May the earth rest lightly on thee.
[Lat., Sit tua terra levis.]
- Epigram (II, Ad Corsican) [Epitaphs]
And when Solitude leads us into all manner of evil.
[Lat., Atque ubi omnia nobis mala solitudo persuadet.]
- Epistle (25),
quoting Galgacus, leader of the Britains
Every change of place becomes a delight.
[Lat., Omnis mutatio loci jucunda fiet.]
- Epistles (28) [Variety]
I am not born for one corner; the whole world is my native land.
[Lat., Non sum uni angulo natus; patria nea totus hic est mundus.]
- Epistles (28) [World]
It is bad to live for necessity; but there is no necessity to live in necessity.
[Lat., Malum est necessitati vivere; sed in necessitate vivere necessitas nulla est.]
- Epistles (58) [Necessity]
All things are to be hoped by a man as long as he is alive. ("A very effeminate saying.")
[Lat., Omnia homini, dum vivit, speranda sunt.]
- Epistles (70) [Hope]
A dwarf is small even if he stands on a mountain; a colossus keeps his height, even if he stands in a well.
[Lat., Parvus pumilio, licet in monte constiterit; colossus magnitudinem suam servabit, etiam si steterit in puteo.]
- Epistles (76) [Ability]
Oblivion is the remedy for injuries.
[Lat., Injuriarum remedium est oblivio.]
- Epistles (94),
quoting from an old poet, also found in Syrus
Those vices [luxury and neglect of decent manners] are vices of men, not of the times.
[Lat., Hominum sunt ista [vitia], non temporum.
- Epistles (97) [Vice]
Better to have loved and lost, than not to have loved at all.
[Lat., Magis gauderes quod habueras, quam moereres quod amiseras.]
- Epistles (99), (Free translation) [Love]
They will not live, and do not know how to die.
[Lat., Vivere nolunt, et mori nesciunt.]
- Epistles (IV) [Death]
Virtue is according to nature; vices are hostile and dangerous.
[Lat., Virtus secundum naturam est; vitia inimica et infesta sunt.]
- Epistles (L) [Virtue]
They are not lost but sent before.
[Lat., Non amittuntur sed praemittuntur.]
- Epistles (LXIII, 16) [Death]
It is folly to die of the fear of death.
[Lat., Stultitia est timore mortis mori.]
- Epistles (LXIX) [Death]
As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
[Lat., Quomodo fabula, sic vita: non quam diu, sed quam bene acta sit, refert.]
- Epistles (LXXXVII) [Life]
Why do you ask, how long has he lived? He has lived to posterity.
[Lat., Quid quaeris, quamdiu visit? Vixit ad posteros.]
- Epistles (XCIII) [Posterity]
The first petition that we are to make to Almighty God is for a good conscience, the next for health of mind, and then of body.
- Epistles (XIV) [Prayer]
[Epicurus] says that you should rather have regard to the company with whom you eat and drink, than to what you eat and drink.
[Ante, inquit, cicumspiciendum est, cum quibos edas et bibas, quam quid edas et bibas.]
- Epistles (XIX) [Companionship]
It [Philosophy] does not pay attention to pedigree. All, if their first origin be in question, are from the Gods.
[Lat., Stemma non inspicit. Omnes, si ad primam originem mala in occulto patitur.]
- Epistles (XLIV) [Ancestry]
Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life--in a firmness of mind and mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do, as well as to talk; and to make our actions and words all of a color.
- Epistles (XX) [Wisdom]
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