To be evenminded is the greatest virtue.Wisdom is to speakthe truth and actin keeping with its nature.
People do not know how what is at variance agrees with itself. It is an attunement of opposite tensions, like that of the bow and the lyre.
War is father of all, and king of all. He renders some gods, others men; he makes some slaves, others free.
One must realize that war is common, and justice strife, and that all things come to be through strife and are (so) ordained.
Many who have learnedfrom Hesiod the countless namesof gods and monstersnever understandthat night and day are one
Always having what we wantmay not be the best good fortuneHealth seems sweetestafter sickness, foodin hunger, goodnessin the wake of evil, and at the endof daylong labor sleep.
Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.
The kosmos works by harmony of tensions, like lyre and bow. Good and evil are one. On the one hand God sees all as well, fair, and good; on the other hand a human being sees injustice here, justice there. Justice in our minds is strife. We cannot help but see war makes us as we are.
If they are gods, why do you lament them? If you lament them, you must no longer regard them as gods.
Allow yourself to think only those thoughts that match your principles and can bear the bright light of day. Day by day, your choices, your thoughts, your actions fashion the person you become. Your integrity determines your destiny.