“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.”
You become what you think. Positive thinking leads to a positive and happy life. Negative thoughts lead to disturbance, unhappiness, and frustration. The choice is yours to make.
You can either live wisely and be extraordinary or live unwisely and be extraordinary or live unwisely and against nature and eventually, you will die quite ordinary.
“Do not explain your philosophy. Embody it.”
The goal of philosophy is not just to talk about wisdom but practice it in real life. Modern-day philosophy has become overly academic. In ancient times, philosophers were known for their lifestyle and strength of character built thru years of psychological training in philosophy.
“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
The fundamental difference between humans and animals is that humans are capable of reasoning and thinking logically to a much higher extent than animals.
If we do not exercise our reasoning capability, we become worse than animals because they are not capable of rational thoughts; we are capable but still refuse to do it, going against our own nature.
“You have power over your mind-not outdoor events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
Desist caring about what others think of you. You do not control their thoughts; why care then?
You only have power over your mind; focus entirely on your mind and make good decisions in life. Leave the rest to fate and repeat whatever fate throws your way wholeheartedly.
“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”
To exercise wisdom and virtue, we must have some initial trace of desire to renounce. There is no virtue in enduring things which we do not feel. Do not be afraid of difficulties in life because, without them, we would not be able to exercise virtue.
Difficulties teach us a lot about ourselves and about others.