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Roman philosopher and moralist
(4 BC - 65 AD)
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Nature has made us passive, and to suffer is our lot. While we are in the flesh every man has his chain and his clog; only it is looser and lighter to one man than to another, and he is more at ease who takes it up and carries it than he who drags it.
      - [Resignation]

Necessity is stronger than duty.
      - [Necessity]

No action will be considered as blameless unless the will was so; for by the will the act was dictated.
      - [Will]

No book can be so good, as to be profitable when negligently read.
      - [Books]

No evil is without its compensation.
      - [Compensation]

No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.
      - [Discipline]

No man esteems anything that comes to him by chance; but when it is governed by reason, it brings credit both to the giver and receiver; whereas those favors are in some sort scandalous that make a man ashamed of his patron.
      - [Gifts]

No man is born wise; but wisdom and virtue require a tutor; though we can easily learn to be vicious without a master.
      - [Proverbs : Virtue]

No man is nobler born than another, unless he is born with better abilities and a more amiable disposition. They who make such a parade with their family pictures and pedigrees, are, properly speaking, rather to be called noted or notorious than noble persons. I thought it right to say this much, in order to repel the insolence of men who depend entirely upon chance and accidental circumstances for distinction, and not at all on public services and personal merit.
      - [Ancestry]

No one can have all he desires.
      - [Proverbs]

No one can keep a mask on long.
      - [Proverbs]

No work is of such merit as to instruct from a mere cursory perusal.
      - [Proverbs]

Nothing is more common than for great thieves to ride in triumph when small ones are punished. But let wickedness escape as it may, at the law it never fails of doing itself justice; for every guilty person is his own hangman.
      - [Retribution]

Of what consequence is it that anything should be concealed from man? Nothing is hidden from God; He is present in our minds and comes into the midst of our thoughts. Comes, do I say?--as if He were ever absent!
      - [God]

One should count each day a separate life.
      - [Life]

Opportunity has hair in front; behind she is bald. If you seize her by the forelock, you may hold her; but if suffered to escape, not Jupiter himself can catch her again.
      - [Opportunity]

Our fears are always more numerous than our dangers.
      - [Proverbs]

Our fears vanish as the danger approaches.
      - [Proverbs]

Our lives are either spent in doing nothing at all, or in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing nothing that we ought to do. We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end to them.
      - [Time]

Philosophy alone makes the mind invincible, and places us out of the reach of fortune, so that all her arrows fall short of us.
      - [Philosophy]

Philosophy does not regard pedigree; she did not receive Plato as a noble, but she made him so.
      - [Ancestry]

Philosophy is the art and law of life, and it teaches us what to do in all cases, and, like good marksmen, to hit the white at any distance.
      - [Philosophy]

Philosophy is the health of the mind.
      - [Philosophy]

Poverty needs much, avarice everything.
      - [Proverbs]

Power exercised with violence has seldom been of long duration, but temper and moderation generally produce permanence in all things.
      - [Government]

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