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  • Doug Belshaw 6:10 am on April 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Our minds must relax: they will rise better and keener after a rest. Just as you must not force fertile farmland, as uninterrupted productivity will soon exhaust it, so constant effort will sap our mental vigour, while a short period of rest and relaxation will restore our powers. Unremitting effort leads to a kind of mental dullness and lethargy.

    – Seneca, On Tranquility of Mind

     
  • Doug Belshaw 6:47 am on April 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    ‘Recte facti, fecisse merces est;’ [The reward for acting properly is to have done so]

    Michel de Montaigne, ‘On glory’, The Complete Essays
     
  • Doug Belshaw 6:46 am on April 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    I a not so much worried about how I am in the minds of other men as how I am to myself. I want to be enriched by me not by borrowings from others. Those outside us only see events and external appearances: anyone can put on a good outward show while inside he is full of fever and fright. They do not see my mind: they only see the looks on my face.

    Michel de Montaigne, ‘On glory’, The Complete Essays
     
  • Doug Belshaw 6:44 am on April 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Whoever acts worthily only when others can know of it (and think better of him when they do), whoever never wishes to act well in circumstances where his virtue cannot come to the knowledge of men, is not a man who will be of much use to you.

    Michel de Montaigne, ‘On glory’, The Complete Essays
     
  • Doug Belshaw 6:42 am on April 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    All the glory I claim for my life is to have lived a tranquil one — not tranquil according to the standards of Metrodorus or Arcesilas or Aristippus but my own. Since Philosophy has been able to discover no good method leading to tranquillity which is common to all men, let each man seek his own one as an individual.

    Michel de Montaigne, ‘On glory’, The Complete Essays
     
  • Doug Belshaw 6:41 am on April 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Yet within ourselves we are somehow double creatures, with the result that what we believe we do not believe, what we condemn we cannot rid ourselves of.

    Michel de Montaigne, ‘On glory’, The Complete Essays
     
  • Doug Belshaw 6:39 am on April 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    That was also one of the principal doctrines of Epicurus: for that precept of his School, Conceal thy life (which enjoins men not to lumber themselves with business and affairs) also necessarily presupposes a contempt for glory, which is the world’s approbation of such of our actions as we make public.

    Michel de Montaigne, ‘On glory’, The Complete Essays
     
  • Doug Belshaw 6:38 am on April 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Chrysippus and Diogenes were the first and most decisive authorities to hold that glory is to be disdained; they said that of all the pleasures none was more dangerous nor more to be fled than the pleasure which comes to us from other men’s approval. And, truly, experience shows us that its deceptions can often be very harmful.

    Michel de Montaigne, ‘On glory’, The Complete Essays
     
  • Doug Belshaw 6:35 am on April 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    There are names and there are things. A name is a spoken sound which designates a thing and acts as a sign for it. The name is not part of that thing nor part of its substance: it is a foreign body attached to that thing; it is quite outside it.

    Michel de Montaigne, ‘On glory’, The Complete Essays
     
  • Doug Belshaw 8:27 pm on April 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    We often mistake the very things that enable us to be free — context, meaning, facticity, situation, a general direction in our lives — for things that define us and take away our freedom. It is only with all of these that we can be free in a real sense.

    Sarah Bakewell, At the Existentialist Café, p.155
     
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