Best Quotes by Seneca

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This page contains a collection of philosophical quotes by Seneca. Details about the book, chapter number, and translation are included where applicable. On desire: It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. What does it matter how much a man has laid up in his safe, or in his warehouse, how large are his flocks and how fat his dividends, if he covets his neighbour’s property, and reckons, not his past gains, but his hopes of gains to come? Do …

Best Philosophical Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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This page contains a collection of philosophical quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Details about the book, chapter number, and translation are included where applicable. On beauty: We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes. It is the most enduring quality, and the most ascending quality. – Considerations by the Way On ignorance: There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant. – …

Best Philosophical Quotes by Machiavelli

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This page contains a collection of philosophical quotes by Machiavelli. Details about the book, chapter number, and translation are included where applicable. On greed: The wish to acquire is in truth very natural and common, and men always do so when they can, and for this they will be praised not blamed; but when they cannot do so, yet wish to do so by any means, then there is folly and blame. – The Prince, III, trans. W. K. Marriott On revolution: Men change their rulers willingly, hoping to better …

Best Quotes by Montaigne

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This page contains a collection of philosophical quotes by Michel de Montaigne. Details about the book, chapter number, and translation are included where applicable. On fear: The thing in the world I am most afraid of is fear. . . . [Those] in immediate fear of a losing their estates, of banishment, or of slavery, live in perpetual anguish, and lose all appetite and repose; whereas such as are actually poor, slaves, or exiles, ofttimes live as merrily as other folk. And the many people who, impatient of the perpetual …

Best Quotes by Marcus Aurelius

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This page contains a collection of philosophical quotes by Marcus Aurelius. Details about the book, chapter number, and translation are included where applicable. On philosophy: Philosophy . . . consists in keeping the daemon within a man free from violence and unharmed, superior to pains and pleasures, doing nothing without purpose, nor yet falsely and with hypocrisy, not feeling the need of another man’s doing or not doing anything; and besides, accepting all that happens, and all that is allotted, as coming from thence, wherever it is, from whence he …