For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all.
The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.
Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.
The happy life is regarded as a life in conformity with virtue. It is a life which involves effort and is not spent in amusement.
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
Man is a goal-seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.
Without friends, no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.
All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.
The actuality of thought is life.
Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.
Earning happiness means doing good and working, not speculating and being lazy. Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction.
I’ve reached the point where I hardly care whether I live or die. The world will keep on turning without me, and I can’t do anything to change events anyway.
An empty day, though clear and bright, is just as dark as any night.