1) Extravagant wealth is of no more benefit to men and women than water is to an already full glass. Both are useless and unnecessary.

2) We can achieve great satisfaction when we look upon the wealth and vast possessions of others by remembering that we are not troubled by those desires nor are we a slave to the labors and duties necessary to fulfill such wants.

3) These are the root of all evil: fear of god, of death, of pain, and desire which goes beyond what nature requires for a happy life.

4) Nothing contributes more to serenity than a simple lifestyle that is not too busy, that does not demand that we engage in disagreeable tasks, and that does not require us to push ourselves beyond our power and strength.