A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.
~ Michael Pollan
A man afraid of death will never play the part of a live man.
No man was ever wise by chance.
Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.
A man's as miserable as he thinks he is.
Malice drinks one-half of its own poison.
Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.
The intellect must not be kept at consistent tension, but diverted by pastimes.... The mind must have relaxation, and will rise stronger and keener after recreation.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
Time heals what reason cannot.
It is part of the cure to want to be cured.
It is not the man who has little, but he who desires more, that is poor.
Life, if well lived, is long enough.
Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity.
Luck never made a man wise.
I don't mind citing a bad author if the line is good.
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.
Failure changes for the better, success for the worse.
There are more things, Lucilius, that frighten us than injure us, and we suffer more in imagination than in reality.
Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment.
People pay the doctor for his trouble; for his kindness they still remain in his debt.
The body is not a permanent dwelling, but a sort of inn which is to be left behind when one perceives that one is a burden to the host.
The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.
Thrift comes too late when you find it at the bottom of your purse.
When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.
We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.
Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.
Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.
We ought to take outdoor walks, to refresh and raise our spirits by deep breathing in the open air.
For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.
Upon occasion we should go as far as intoxication.... Drink washes cares away, stirs the mind from its lowest depths....
Happy is the man who can endure the highest and lowest fortune. He who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity has deprived misfortune of its power.
Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own.