Seneca on Virtue

“Never to wrong others takes one a long way towards peace of mind…A guilty person sometimes has the luck to escape detection, but never to feel sure of it.”

~ Seneca

Marcus Aurelius on Help

“Don’t be ashamed to need help. Like a soldier storming a wall, you have a mission to accomplish. And if you’ve been wounded and you need a comrade to pull you up? So what?”

~ Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius on Obstacles

“Our actions may be impeded … but there can be no impeding our intentions or our dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting.”

~ Marcus Aurelius

Seneca on Time

“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.”

~ Seneca

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.)

Marcus Aurelius on Insults

“”In other cases , we will find that those insulting us have deeply flawed characters . Such people , says Marcus , rather than deserving our anger , deserve our pity”

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

Marcus Aurelius on Equanimity

“When force of circumstance upsets your equanimity, lose no time in recovering your self-control, and do not remain out of tune longer than you can help. Habitual recurrence to the harmony will increase your mastery of it.”

~ Marcus Aurelius