1. "And give up your thirst for books, so that you do not die a grouch, but in true grace and heartfelt gratitude to the gods."
  2. "You see how few things a man needs to master for the settled flow of a god-fearing life."
  3. "All things of the body stream away like a river, all things of the mind are dreams and delusion; life is warfare, and a visit in a strange land; the only lasting fame is oblivion."
  4. "Remind yourself too that each of us lives only in the present moment, a mere fragment of time: the rest is life past or uncertain future."
    "Sure, life is a small thing, and small the cranny of the earth in which we live it: small too even the longest fame thereafter, which is itself subject to a succession of little men who will quickly die, and have no knowledge even of themselves, let alone those long dead."
  5. "He must come pure, at peace, ready to depart, in unforced harmony with his fate."
  6. "Some things are hurrying to come into being, others are hurrying to be gone, and part of that which is being born is already extinguished."
  7. "Soon you will have forgotten all things: soon all things will have forgotten you."
  8. "Look back over the past - all those many changes of dynasties. And you can foresee the future too: it will be completely alike, incapable of deviating from the rhythm of the present. So for the study of human life forty years are as good as ten thousand: what more will you see?"
  9. "Pain is neither unendurable nor unending, as long as you remember its limits and do not exaggerate it in your imagination."
  10. "Even if you burst with indignation, they will still carry on regardless."
  11. "You deserve what you're going through. You would rather become good tomorrow than be good today."
  12. "A mind free from passions is a fortress: people have no stronger place of retreat, and someone taking refuge here is then impregnable."
  13. "Everything now is as it was in the days of those we have buried."
  14. "You have endured innumerable troubles by not leaving your directing mind to do the work it was made for. But enough."
  15. "In a moment the earth will cover us all. Then the earth too will change, and then further successive changes to infinity."
  16. "How many have never even heard your name, how many will very soon forget it, how many may praise you now but quickly turn to blame?"
    "Reflect that neither memory nor fame, nor anything else at all, has any importance worth thinking of."
  17. "How brief the gap from birth to dissolution, how vast the gulf of time before your birth, and an equal infinity after your dissolution."
  18. "All that you see will soon perish; those who witness this perishing will soon perish themselves. Die in extreme old age or die before your time - it will all be the same."
  19. "The wind scatters one year's leaves on the ground...so it is with the generations of men."
  20. "Calculated honesty is a stiletto. There is nothing more degrading than the friendship of wolves: avoid that above all."