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  • Doug Belshaw 8:00 pm on April 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Not all men are wounded in the same place; and so you ought to know what part of you is weak, so you can give it the most protection.

    Seneca, ‘On Anger’

     
  • Doug Belshaw 6:00 pm on April 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Choose men who are honest, easygoing, and have self-control, the sort who will not arouse your anger and yet will tolerate it; more useful still will be men who are amenable, kind, and charming, but not to the point of flattery, for those given to anger are offended by fawning agreement: I, at any rate, had a friend who was a good man, but too quick to feel anger, and it was no more safe to flatter him than to abuse him.

    Seneca, ‘On Anger’

     
  • Doug Belshaw 4:00 pm on April 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    We shall find that well-grounded doctrine of Democritus of benefit to us, in which he shows that a tranquil state of mind is only possible if we devote relatively little time to private or public affairs, or at least to those that are too great for our strength. When a man busies himself with many duties, the day never passes so happily for him that he fails to encounter some problem, arising from a person or situation, which makes his mind ripe for anger. Just as a man hurrying through the busy districts of the city must collide with many people, and will inevitably lose his footing in some places, and be held back in others, and, in others still, be splashed, so in this activity of life, with all its variety and inconstancy, many hindrances, many causes for complaint cross our path. One man cheats our hopes, another postpones them, a third dashes them; our designs do not proceed as we had planned. No man finds Fortune so compliant that she responds on each occasion to his many overtures; it follows, therefore, that when a man finds that some of his plans have fallen out contrary to his wishes, he grows impatient with men and the world, and on the slightest of pretexts becomes angry, now with a person, now with his occupation, now with where he lives, now with his luck, now with himself. And so, in order that the mind can achieve peace, it must not be tossed about, or, as I said, worn out by activity in many enterprises, or ones that are demanding and place too great a strain on its powers. It is easy to fit light burdens to our shoulders, and to move them from one side to another without their slipping, but what has been placed on us by the hands of others we find hard to support, and owning defeat, we shed our load onto the next man; even while we stand beneath the baggage, we stagger, finding ourselves unequal to the burden.

    Seneca, ‘On Anger’

     
  • Doug Belshaw 2:00 pm on April 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Revenge is an admission of pain; a mind that is bowed by injury is not a great mind. The man who has done the injury is either stronger than you or weaker: if he is weaker, spare him, if stronger, spare yourself.

    Seneca, ‘On Anger’

     
  • Doug Belshaw 12:00 pm on April 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Just as physical robustness and careful attention to health are of no benefit against plague (for it attacks the weak and the strong without discrimination), so men of a calm and relaxed nature are as much at risk from anger as those who are more excitable, and the more it causes a change in these, the more it brings shame and danger upon them.

    Seneca, ‘On Anger’

     
  • Doug Belshaw 10:00 am on April 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    So that no one may be deceived into supposing that there is any time, any place where anger will be of benefit, its unbridled and deranged madness must be revealed, and it must have restored to it the equipment that is its very own – the horse of torture, the cord, the gaol, the cross, the fires that encircle live bodies buried in the ground, the hook that drags along corpses as well, the different kinds of chains and of punishments, the tearing of limbs, branding of the forehead, the pits where monstrous beasts prowl: let anger be set in the midst of these implements, uttering a terrible and horrible shriek, more loathsome than all these instruments that let it vent its fury.

    Seneca, ‘On Anger’

     
  • Doug Belshaw 7:30 pm on March 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    It would be just to describe as wretched those who are dulled by excessive good fortune, who remain at rest, as it were, in dead calm upon an untroubled sea: whatever happens to them will.come as a change.

    Seneca, ‘On Providence’

     
  • Doug Belshaw 5:30 pm on March 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Good fortune comes to common men and even to those of inferior talent; but only a great man is able to triumph over the disasters and terrors afflicting mortal life.

    Seneca, ‘On Providence’

     
  • Doug Belshaw 3:30 pm on March 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Prosperity that is undiminished cannot withstand a single blow; but the man who has struggled constantly against his own ills becomes hardened by suffering and no misfortune makes him yield, indeed, if he falls, he still fights on his knees.

    Seneca, ‘On Providence’

     
  • Doug Belshaw 6:28 am on March 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Devotion to what is right is simple, devotion to what is wrong is complex and admits of infinite variations.

    Seneca

     
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