c. 100 B.C.

Part of Sacred Literature of Alexandrian Jews

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If your enemy meet you with evil, meet him with wisdom.

In overeating nests sickness, and excess leads to loathing.

Let not anxiety enter your heart, for it has killed many strong men... Anxiety brings on old age prematurely.

Love truth and it will preserve you.

A stubborn heart shall fare evil at last.

Many have fallen by the edge of the sword, but not as many as have fallen by the tongue.

A natural love of learning... man's highest possession.

Reason would not have us grieve for the dead, who are set free from evil, but all men do grieve over them, because they think of themselves and of their own advantage.

All souls are prepared to eternity.

The man who is always watching for his own gain is a traitor at heart.

Ask and learn.

The wisdom of a learned man cometh by opportunity of leisure; and he that hath little business shall become wise.

Be swift to hear, but with patience make reply.

What is the grossest form of neglect? If a man does not... devote every effort toward the education of his children.

Envy and anger shorten life.

From a little spark comes a large conflagration.

Glorify your soul in humility.

He who injures the soul of man, injures his own soul.

How bitter is the thought of death to him who lives at peace!

Idleness teaches much mischief.

If you wish to be pure in mind, guard your senses.

The heart of fools is in their mouth, but the mouth of the wise is in their heart.

The sacred commandments were given for the sake of righteousness, to arouse pious thoughts and to form character.

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.

With little or with much, be content.

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c. 100 B.C.

Part of Sacred Literature of Alexandrian Jews