Quintus Sextius

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Quintus Sextius the Elder (c. 50 BC) was a Roman philosopher, whose philosophy combined pythagoreanism with stoicism.


Sentences of Sextus[edit]

  • The sage and the contemner of wealth most resemble God.
  • You have in yourself some thing similar to God, and therefore use yourself as the temple of God, on account of that which in you resembles God.
  • The greatest honor which can be paid to God is to know and imitate him.
  • Consider lost all the time in which you do not think of divinity.
  • A good intellect is the choir of divinity.
  • Be not anxious to please the multitude
  • Accustom your soul after (it has conceived all that is great of ) divinity, to conceive something great of itself.
  • Nothing is so peculiar to wisdom as truth.
  • To live, indeed, is not in our power; but to live rightly is.
  • There is danger, and no negligible one, to speak of God even the things that are true.
  • You should not dare to speak of God to the multitude.
  • He who is worthy of God is also a god among men.
  • He best honors God who makes his intellect as like God as possible.
  • It is not death; but a bad life, which destroys the soul.

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