It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.
I would rather be first in a little Iberian village than second in Rome.
I never desired to please the rabble. What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew was far removed from their understanding.
A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.
I have never wished to cater to the crowd; for what I know they do not approve, and what they approve I do not know.
Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.
Of all the things which wisdom provides to make life entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
It is better for you to be free of fear lying upon a pallet, than to have a golden couch and a rich table and be full of trouble.
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.
It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.
Justice... is a kind of compact not to harm or be harmed.
Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and honorably and justly, and it is impossible to live wisely and honorably and justly without living pleasantly.
Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.