If God listened to the prayers of men, all men would quickly have perished: for they are forever praying for evil against one another.
The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd.
Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul.
It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.
Both old and young alike ought to seek wisdom: the former in order that, as age comes over him, he may be young in good things because of the grace of what has been, and the latter in order that, while he is young, he may at the same time be old, because he has no fear of the things which are to come.
It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly. And it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living a pleasant life.