Seneca on Endurance

“More generally , says Seneca , if we coddle ourselves , if we allow ourselves to be corrupted by pleasure , nothing will seem bearable to us , and the reason things will seem unbearable is not because they are hard but because we are soft .”

(From “A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy” by William Irvine.)

Seneca on Endurance

“We ought to know that what makes us struggle is the fault, not of our locations, but of ourselves: we are weak when anything has to be endured, and unable to bear toil or pleasure or ourselves or anything for any length of time.”

~ Seneca