Lucius Annaeus Seneca
We should every night call ourselves to an account: what infirmity have I mastered today? what passions opposed? what temptation resisted? what virtue acquired? Our vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.
The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man... It is more powerful than external circumstances.
Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.
I never come back home with the same moral character I went out with; something or other becomes unsettled where I had achieved internal peace; some one or other of the things I had put to flight reappears on the scene.