Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.
How ridiculous and unrealistic is the man who is astonished at anything that happens in life.
Everything that happens happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so.
Whatever may befall thee, it was preordained for thee from everlasting
Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
How much trouble he avoids who does not look to see what his neighbour says or does or thinks
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last.
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.
Consider that thou dost not even understand whether men are doing wrong or not, for many things are done with a certain reference to circumstance. And, in short, a man must learn a great deal to enable him to pass a correct judgment on another man's acts.