FRAGMENTS PRESERVED BY ANTONIUS
The virtues alone know how to regulate the affairs of men.
The contemplation of virtue is exceedingly beautiful, and actions according to it, and the exercise of it, are desirable above all things.
If you wish to have a good reputation in a twofold manner, then honour exceedingly those who are doing well, and reprove those who are doing ill.
When you are entreated to pardon offences, pardon willingly those who have offended against you, because indulgence given in requital for indulgence, and reconciliation with our fellow servants, is a means of averting the divine anger.
The virtuous man is a lover of his race, and he is merciful and inclined to pardon, and never bears ill will towards any man whatever, but thinks it right to surpass in doing good rather than in injuring.
What is beautiful is then beautiful, when a man has no need of the assistance of another, but when he contains in himself all the signs of excellence as his own.
It is well that the worse should always follow the better, on account of the hope of improvement.
One ought to call a city, and a country, and a house, happy, when they contain a virtuous man; and one ought to call those miserable, when they have no such man within them.
Those who are tyrannical in their natures, but without power, make their designs succeed by treachery.
The friendships of the wicked are mischievous, and very often the soul of such men, being influenced by such associations, takes the impressions of downright insanity.
It is not the country which makes men bad, or the city which makes them good, but the habits of living with such and such men.