“Nature’s wants are small, while those of opinion are limitless.” – Seneca (Letters from a Stoic).
“If you live according to nature, you will never be poor; if you live according to opinion, you will never be rich.” – Epicurus (via Seneca).
“I am satisfied, if every day I take away something from my vices and correct my faults. I have not arrived at perfect soundness of mind, indeed, I never shall arrive at it.” -Seneca (“On the Happy Life”).
The person who has practiced philosophy as a cure for the self becomes great of soul, filled with confidence, invincible—and greater as you draw near.” -Seneca.
“The greatest portion of peace of mind is doing nothing wrong. Those who lack self-control live disoriented and disturbed lives.”
“Let us therefore set out whole-heartedly, leaving aside our many distractions and exert ourselves in this single purpose, before we realize too late the swift and unstoppable flight of time and are left behind. As each day arises, welcome it as the very best day of all, and make it your own possession. We must seize what flees.”
“If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you’re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person.”