“Fire is the test of gold, adversity of strong men.”

“He that urges gratitude pleads the cause both of God and men, for without it we can neither be sociable nor religious.”

“If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living.”

“It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.”

True Poverty

“It is not he who has little but he who always wants more who is poor.”

“Luck never made a man wise.”

“No one loves his country for its size or eminence, but because it is his own.” [Letter to Lucilius]

“There is no great genius without some touch of madness.”

“What else is nature but God?”

“Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness.”