Born 46 A.D., died 120 A.D.
Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage.
Moral habits, induced by public practices, are far quicker in making their way into men's private lives, than the failings and faults of individuals are in infecting the city at large.
Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.
When the strong box contains no more both friends and flatterers shun the door.
To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.
Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such a one as is unworthy of him; for the one is only belief - the other contempt.
Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord.
Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.
All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.
The omission of good is no less reprehensible than the commission of evil.
It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
I would rather excel in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and possessions.
For to err in opinion, though it be not the part of wise men, is at least human.
We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.
To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.
It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.
Character is simply habit long continued.