The Golden Sayings
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The Golden Sayings
A life entangled with Fortune is like a torrent. It is turbulent and muddy;
hard to pass and masterful of mood: noisy and of brief
The soul that companies with Virtue is like an ever-flowing source.
It is a pure, clear, and wholesome draught; sweet, rich, and generous of
its store; that injures not, neither destroys.
It is a shame that one who sweetens his drink with the gifts of
the bee, should embitter God's gift Reason with vice.
Crows pick out the eyes of the dead, when the dead have no longer
need of them; but flatterers mar the soul of the living, and her eyes they
Keep neither a blunt knife nor an ill-disciplined looseness of
Nature hath given men one tongue but two ears, that we may hear
from others twice as much as we speak.
Do not give sentence in another tribunal till you have been yourself
judged in the tribunal of Justice.
If is shameful for a Judge to be judged by others.
Give me by all means the shorter and nobler life, instead of one
that is longer but of less account!
Freedom is the name of virtue: Slavery, of vice. . . . None is
a slave whose acts are free.
Of pleasures, those which occur most rarely give the most
Exceed due measure, and the most delightful things become the least
The anger of an ape--the threat of a flatterer:--these deserve
Chastise thy passions that they avenge not themselves upon
No man is free who is not master of himself.
A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single
Fortify thyself with contentment: that is an impregnable
No man who is a lover of money, of pleasure, of glory, is likewise
a lover of Men; but only he that is a lover of whatsoever things are fair
Think of God more often than thou breathest.
Choose the life that is noblest, for custom can make it sweet to
Let thy speech of God be renewed day by day, aye, rather than thy
meat and drink.
Even as the Sun doth not wait for prayers and incantations to rise,
but shines forth and is welcomed by all: so thou also wait not for clapping
of hands and shouts and praise to do thy duty; nay, do good of thine own
accord, and thou wilt be loved like the Sun.
Let no man think that he is loved by any who loveth
If thou rememberest that God standeth by to behold and visit all
that thou doest; whether in the body or in the soul, thou surely wilt not
err in any prayer or deed; and thou shalt have God to dwell with