Category: classical

“Desolation is the condition of someone who is bereft of help. For a person is not desolate merely…”

“Desolation is the condition of someone who is bereft of help. For a person is not desolate merely because he is alone, any more than he is secure from desolation when he is in a crowd.”

Epictetus Discourses

“Aren’t people just the same distance from God wherever they are? And wherever they are,…”

“Aren’t people just the same distance from God wherever they are? And wherever they are, don’t they have just the same view of what is coming about?”

Epictetus – Discourses

“These slaves don’t know who I am, or where my good and evil lie, and they have no access to…”

“These slaves don’t know who I am, or where my good and evil lie, and they have no access to those things that are truly my own.”

Epictetus Discourses

“See the list of those who felt such intense anger at something: The most famous, the most…”

“See the list of those who felt such intense anger at something: The most famous, the most unfortunate, the most hated, the most whichever; Where is all that now? Smoke, dust, legend… not even legend. Think of the examples, and see how small the things we desire so passionately truly are.”

Marcus Aurelius

“No star wears a veil.”

“No star wears a veil.”

Marcus Aurelius

“They despise each other, but still toady to each other. They want to win, but still grovel.”

“They despise each other, but still toady to each other. They want to win, but still grovel.”

Marcus Aurelius

“Someone despises me? That is his concern. But I will see to it that I am not found guilty of any…”

“Someone despises me? That is his concern. But I will see to it that I am not found guilty of any word or action deserving contempt.”

Marcus Aurelius

“No nature is inferior to art.”

“No nature is inferior to art.”

Marcus Aurelius

“Remember that what pulls the strings is that part of us hidden inside: that is the power to act,…”

“Remember that what pulls the strings is that part of us hidden inside: that is the power to act, that is the principle of life, that is the man himself.”

Marcus Aurelius

“True happiness is to enjoy the present without dependence on the future.”

“True happiness is to enjoy the present without dependence on the future.”

Seneca