The most beautiful of apes is ugly in comparison with the race of man;
the wisest of men seems an ape in comparison to a god.
visions of grandeur are vain,
the truth we search for is to be found
in the simple things before our eyes…
Later we will have a long time to lie dead
yet the few years we have now we live badly.
Humans are the limbs of one/the same body,
and are from the same essence in their creation.
When the conditions of the time hurt one of these parts,
other parts will suffer from discomfort/restlessness, as well.
If you are indifferent about the misery of others,
it is not deserving to call you a human being.
The faults are divided into three groups…
affection, aversion and stupidity.
lust, avarice, and covetousness.
anger, envy, malignity,
hatred and implacability.
Stupidity includes misapprehension, suspicion,
arrogance and carelessness.
Of the three,
stupidity is the worst
because it is only a stupid person who may be influenced
by affection and aversion…
but freedom from pain,
is what the wise man will aim at…
Experience and suffering
are the mother of wisdom.
Be happy in your own soul.
Among pitiless townsmen
one will always abuse you,
another speak praise.
When a man is dead
one can find no medicine
to bring him life.