Born 341 B.C., died 271 B.C.
There is no such thing as justice in the abstract; it is merely a compact between men.
The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd.
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.
Justice... is a kind of compact not to harm or be harmed.
Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.
The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.
We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need.
Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss.
It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.
It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.
Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest.
A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.
Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.
The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.
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.
Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
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.
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.
If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.