Great Throughts Treasury

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Apocrypha NULL

What is philosophy? To deliberate well in reference to any question that emerges, never to be carried away by impulses, but to ponder over the injuries that result from the passions, and to act rightly as the circumstances demand, practicing moderation.

Character | Circumstances | Moderation | Philosophy | Question |

Buddha, Gautama Buddha, or The Buddha, also Gotama Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha and Buddha Śākyamuni NULL

The wise man learns to meet the changing circumstances of life with an equitable spirit, being neither elated by success nor depressed by failure. Thus one realizes the truth of non-duality.

Character | Circumstances | Duality | Failure | Life | Life | Man | Spirit | Success | Truth | Wise |

Marcelene Cox

It could be written, for most of us: due to circumstances within our control.

Character | Circumstances | Control |

Horace, full name Quintus Horatius Flaccus NULL

I endeavor to subdue circumstances to myself, and not myself to circumstances.

Character | Circumstances |

Horace, full name Quintus Horatius Flaccus NULL

Misfortunes display the skill of a general, prosperous circumstances conceal his weakness.

Character | Circumstances | Display | Skill | Weakness |

David Hume

He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances.

Character | Circumstances | Happy | Temper |

Richard and Mary-Alice Jafolla

If you had been looking for happiness in people and events, you discovered that it is not there. If you look to outer circumstances for your satisfaction cues, you will stay on an emotion seesaw... True joy is actually part of your nature... Events merely give us an excuse to feel it.

Character | Circumstances | Events | Joy | Nature | People | Will | Happiness |

James Henry Leigh Hunt

It is our daily duty to consider that in all circumstances of life, pleasurable, painful, or otherwise, the conduct of every human being affects, more or less, the happiness of others, especially of those in the same house; and that, as life is made up, for the most part, not of great occasions, but of small everyday moments, it is the giving to those moments their greatest amount of peace, pleasantness, and security, that contributes most to the sum of human good. Be peaceable. Be cheerful. Be true.

Character | Circumstances | Conduct | Duty | Giving | Good | Life | Life | Peace | Security | Happiness |

David Starr Jordan

Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.

Character | Knowing | Skill | Virtue | Virtue | Wisdom |

Johann Kaspar Lavater

The policy of adapting one’s self to circumstances makes all ways smooth.

Character | Circumstances | Policy | Self |

Friedrich Schiller, fully Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.

Character | Patience | Skill | Will |

Richard Steele, fully Sir Richard Steele

It is not easy to surround life with any circumstances in which youth will not be delightful; and I am afraid that, whether married or unmarried, we shall find the vesture of terrestrial existence more heavy and cumbrous the longer it is worn.

Character | Circumstances | Existence | Life | Life | Will | Youth | Youth | Afraid |

Jonathan Swift, pen names, M.B. Drapier, Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff

There is no vice or folly that requires so much nicety and skill to manage as vanity; nor any which by ill management makes so contemptible a figure.

Character | Folly | Skill | Vice |

Alan William Smolowe

How people think, relate and react to their circumstances, not what the circumstances are, is what determines their realities.

Character | Circumstances | People |

Carleton Washburne

In our thinking we must preserve an open and enquiring mind, an ability to see things through the eyes of our opponents, a skill for understanding the motives and thoughts of those whom we oppose. Yet we must act in the light of the best knowledge and reason available to us at the moment.

Ability | Character | Knowledge | Light | Mind | Motives | Reason | Skill | Thinking | Understanding | Wisdom |