Poor man quote

1 Aug

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.

Letters from a Stoic by Seneca 

Postponing today`s work

1 Aug

Hold every hour in your grasp. Lay hold of today`s task, and you will not need to depend so much upon tomorrow`s. While we are postponing, life speeds by.

Letters from a Stoic by Seneca 

Appreciating your time quote

1 Aug

What man can you show me who places any value on his time, who reckons the worth of each day, who understands that he is dying daily ? For we are mistaken when we look forward to death; the major portion of death has already passed. Whatever years be behind us are in death`s hands.

Letters from a Stoic by Seneca 

What is mine is yours quote

1 Aug

I will look upon death or upon a comedy with the same expression of countenance: I will submit to labors, however great they may be, supporting the strength of my body by that of my mind: I will despise riches when I have them as much as when I have them not; if they be elsewhere I will not be more gloomy, if they sparkle around me I will not be more lively than I should otherwise be: whether Fortune comes or goes I will take no notice of her: I will view all lands as though they belong to me, and my own as though they belonged to all mankind: I will so live as to remember that I was born for others, and will thank Nature on this account: for in what fashion could she have done better for me ? She has given me alone to all, and all to me alone.

On the happy life by Seneca 

Philosopher quote

1 Aug

Philosophers do not carry into effect all that they teach.

On the happy life by Seneca 

Happy man quote

31 Jul

The happy man, therefore, is he who can make a right judgment in all things: he is happy who in his present circumstances, whatever they may be, is satisfied and on friendly terms with the conditions of his life. That man is happy, whose reason recommends to him the whole posture of his affairs.

On the happy life by Seneca 

Wisdom quote

31 Jul

True wisdom consists in not departing from nature and in moulding our conduct according to her laws and model.

On the happy life by Seneca 

Seeking approval from others

28 Jul

Matters do not stand so well with mankind that the majority should prefer the better course: the more people do a thing the worse it is likely to be. Let us therefore inquire, not what is most commonly done, but what is best for us to do, and what will establish us in the possession of undying happiness, not what is approved.

On the happy life by Seneca 

Following the herd quote

27 Jul

It is harmful to follow the march of those who go before us, and since everyone had rather believe another than form his own opinion, we never pass a deliberate judgment upon life, but some traditional error always entangles us and brings us to ruin, and we perish because we follow other men`s examples: we should be cured of this if we were to disengage ourselves from the herd; but as it is, the mob is ready to fight against reason in defense of its own mistake.

On the happy life by Seneca  

Living without purpose

12 Jul

As long as we wander at random, not following any guide except the shouts and discordant clamours of those who invite us to proceed in different directions, our short life will be wasted in useless roamings.

On the happy life by Seneca 

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