Category: roman

“If you observe the hasting sun and watch
The stars processing through the skies, the day
That follows will not prove you wrong…”

Virgil Georgics

“Do not copy the opinions of the arrogant, or let them dictate your own, but look at things in their true light.”

Marcus Aurelius – Meditations, IV, 11

“Many grains of incense fall on the same altar: one sooner, another later- it makes no difference.”

Marcus Aurelius – Meditations, IV, 15

“Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours.”

Marcus Aurelius – Meditations, IV, 17

“We think ourselves poorly off, living like paupers, if the walls are not ablaze with large and costly circular mirrors, if our Alexandrian marbles are not decorated with panels of Numidian marble, if the whole of their surface has not been given a decorative overlay of elaborate patterns having all the variety of fresco murals, unless the ceiling cannot be seen for glass… Look at the cascades of water splashing noisily down from one level to the next. We have actually come to such a pitch of choosiness that we object to walking on anything other than precious stones.”

Seneca   Letters from a Stoic LXXXVI

“There is a river of creation, and time is a violent stream. As soon as one thing comes into sight, it is swept past and another is carried down: it too will be taken on its way.”

Marcus Aurelius Meditations 4:43

“Think always of the universe as one living creature, made of one substance and one soul: how all is absorbed into this one consciousness; how a single impulse governs all its actions; how all things collaborate in all that happens; the very web and mesh of it all.”

Marcus Aurelius Meditations 4:40

“Be like the headland, on which the waves dash themselves continually; but it stands fast, till about its base the boiling tide is lulled to rest.”

Marcus Aurelius The Stoic Creed (1907)

“What is born must likewise die. For I am not eternity, but a man; a part of the whole, as an hour is of the day. I must come like an hour, and like an hour must pass away.”


“Soles occidere et redire possunt:
Nobis, cum semel occidit brevis lux,
Nox est perpetua una dormienda.

Suns can set and rise,
As for us, once our brief lights set,
There is one perpetual night to be slept.”