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  • Doug Belshaw 5:56 am on May 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Marcel Proust, wisdom   

    We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no-one else can make for us, which no-one else can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world.

    Marcel Proust

  • Doug Belshaw 6:00 pm on April 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , wisdom   

    [Y]ou take your ease amid your possessions without a thought for all the misfortunes that threaten them on every side, poised any moment now to carry off the valuable spoils. But in the case of the wise man, if anyone steals his wealth, he will still leave to him all that he truly posseses; for he lives happy in the present and untroubled by what the future holds.

    Seneca, ‘On the Happy Life’

  • Doug Belshaw 12:00 pm on April 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: imitation, wisdom, Yoshida Kenko   

    If you run through the streets, saying you imitate a lunatic, you are in fact a lunatic. If you kill a man, saying you imitate a criminal, you are a criminal yourself. A man who studies wisdom, even insincerely, should be called wise.

    Yoshida Kenko

  • Doug Belshaw 10:30 pm on March 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: courage, , , wisdom   

    Fortune can make sport of the wisdom of brave men, but it is not in her power to break their courage.


  • Doug Belshaw 5:50 pm on February 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , extremes, moderation, wisdom   

    Take neither the good nor the bad to extremes. A sage reduced the whole of wisdom to ‘moderation in all things’. Extreme justice becomes unjust, and orange squeezed too hard leads to bitter juice. Even pleasure should never be taken to extremes. Ingenuity itself is drained if pushed too hard, and milking to excess will draw blood.

    Baltasar Gracián

  • Doug Belshaw 6:54 am on February 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: age, , wisdom   

    [I]f a man comes to his fortieth year, and has any understanding at all, he has virtually seen – thanks to their similarity – all possible happenings, both past and to come.

    Marcus Aurelius

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