. . . for until that God who rules all the region of the sky. . . has freed you from the fetters of your body, you cannot gain admission here. Men were created with the understanding that they were to look after that sphere called Earth, which you see in the middle of the temple. Minds have been given to them out of the eternal fires you call fixed stars and planets, those spherical solids which, quickened with divine minds, journey through their circuits and orbits with amazing speed....

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A friend is, as it were, a second self. De Amicitia

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A happy life consists in tranquillity of mind.

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A home without books is a body without soul.

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A life of peace, purity, and refinement leads to a calm and untroubled old age.

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A mind without instruction can no more bear fruit than can a field, however fertile, without cultivation.

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A room without books is like a body without a soul.

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A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.

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Advice is judged by results, not by intentions.

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All action is of the mind and the mirror of the mind is the face, its index the eyes.

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