MAN WAS ENDOWED WITH REASON BUT HE SELDOM
All men are born alike with a capacity and ability to reason and feel -
regardless of their age, sex or position in life.
People don't obtain wisdom by fortune; it's implanted by nature.
rich people who are married to their wealth spend more time looking at their
gold than looking to heaven. So intelligence is not something you can
buy with wealth, nor obtain by study. Rather it's conceived when the
mind is formed.
listening to someone, listen to the truth of the statement and not the
authority of the speaker. In fact, the more pretentious the discourse,
the more evident the reasoning. Since it isn't colored by the pomp of
eloquence and grace, it is sustained by its own truth.
Octavius' Defense of Christianity