Many are harmed by fear itself, and many may have come to their fate while dreading fate.
—Seneca, Oedipus, 992
Remember to conduct yourself in life as if at a banquet. As something being passed around comes to you, reach out your hand and take moderate helping. Does it pass you by? Don't stop it. It hasn't yet come? Don't burn in desire for it, but wait until it arrives in front of you. Act this way with children, a spouse, toward position, with wealth- one day it will make you worthy of a banquet with the gods.
—Epictetus, Enchiridion, 15
Keep a list before your mind of those who burned with anger and resentment about something, of even the most renowned for success, misforturne, evil deed, or any special distinctions. Then ask yourself, how did that work out? Smoke and dust, the stuff of simple myth trying to be a legend.
—Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 12.27