Akhenaton (~1362BC) Monotheist, King of Egypt (1379-62BC)

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Say not unto thyself, Behold, truth breedeth hatred, and I will avoid it; dissimulation raiseth friends, and I will follow it. Are not the enemies made by truth, better than the friends obtained by flattery? - Akhenaton
Those who gave thee a body, furnished it with weakness; but He who gave thee Soul, armed thee with resolution. Employ it, and thou art wise; be wise and thou art happy. - Akhenaton
The barb in the arrow of childhood suffering is this: Its intense loneliness, its intense ignorance. - Akhenaton
As the whirlwind in its fury teareth up trees, and deformeth the face of nature, or as an earthquake in its convulsions overturneth whole cities; so the rage of an angry man throweth mischief around him. - Akhenaton
Contemplate thy powers, contemplate thy wants and thy connections; so shalt thou discover the duties of life, and be directed in all thy ways. - Akhenaton
Thinking, understanding, reasoning, willing, call not these Soul! They are its actions, but they are not its essence. - Akhenaton
Reflection is the business of man; a sense of his state is his first duty; but who remembereth himself in joy? Is it not in mercy then that sorrow is allotted unto us? - Akhenaton
Scorn also to depress thy competitor by any dishonest or un-worthy method; strive to raise thyself above him only by excelling him; so shall thy contest for superiority be crowned with honor, if not with success. - Akhenaton
As the moon retaineth her nature, though darkness spread itself before her face as a curtain, so the Soul remaineth perfect even in the bosom of the fool. - Akhenaton