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Seneca

Of a Happy Life

    Ирина Осипенкоhas quotedlast year
    “They are ill at ease,” replies he, “because many things arise which distract their thoughts, and their minds are disquieted by conflicting opinions.” I admit that this is true: still these very men, foolish, inconsistent, and certain to feel remorse as they are, do nevertheless receive great pleasure, and we must allow that in so doing they are as far from feeling any trouble as they are from forming a right judgment, and that, as is the case with many people, they are possessed by a merry madness, and laugh while they rave. The pleasures of wise men, on the other hand, are mild, decorous, verging on dullness, kept under restraint and scarcely noticeable, and are neither invited to come nor received with honour when they come of their own accord, nor are they welcomed with any delight by those whom they visit, who mix them up with their lives and fill up empty spaces with them, like an amusing farce in the intervals of serious business.
    roselyn chandiawijayahas quoted2 years ago
    Let us therefore inquire, not what is most commonly done, but what is best for us to do, and what will establish us in the possession of undying happiness, not what is approved of by the vulgar, the worst possible exponents of truth.
    roselyn chandiawijayahas quoted2 years ago
    is harmful to follow the march of those who go before us, and since everyone had rather believe another than form his own opinion
    roselyn chandiawijayahas quoted2 years ago
    like sheep, follow the flock that has gone before us, and thus proceed not whither we ought, but whither the rest are going
    Julia Gorokhovahas quoted4 years ago
    Do you see those who praise your eloquence, who covet your wealth, who court your favour, or who vaunt your power? All these either are, or, which comes to the same thing, may be your enemies: the number of those who envy you is as great as that of those who admire you; why do I not rather seek for some good thing which I can use and feel, not one which I can show? these good things which men gaze at in wonder, which they crowd to see, which one points out to another with speechless admiration, are outwardly brilliant, but within are miseries to those who possess them."
    Julia Gorokhovahas quoted4 years ago
    When we are considering a happy life, you cannot answer me as though after a division of the House, "This view has most supporters;" because for that very reason it is the worse of the two: matters do not stand so well with mankind that the majority should prefer the better course: the more people do a thing the worse it is likely to be. Let us therefore inquire, not what is most commonly done, but what is best for us to do, and what will establish us in the possession of undying happiness, not what is approved of by the vulgar, the worst possible exponents of truth.
    Julia Gorokhovahas quoted4 years ago
    We must therefore first define clearly what it is at which we aim: next we must consider by what path we may most speedily reach it, for on our journey itself, provided it be made in the right direction, we shall learn how much progress we have made each day, and how much nearer we are to the goal towards which our natural desires urge us. But as long as we wander at random, not following any guide except the shouts and discordant clamours of those who invite us to proceed in different directions, our short life will be wasted in useless roamings, even if we labour both day and night to get a good understanding.
    elenashlykova11has quoted5 years ago
    The more numerous and the greater they are, the more inferior and the slave of more masters does that man become whom the vulgar call a happy man.
    elenashlykova11has quoted5 years ago
    The pleasures of wise men, on the other hand, are mild, decorous, verging on dullness, kept under restraint and scarcely noticeable, and are neither invited to come nor received with
    elenashlykova11has quoted5 years ago
    follow is the duty of a subordinate, to rule that of a commander?
    elenashlykova11has quoted5 years ago
    Yet when moderation lessens pleasure, it impairs the highest good.
    elenashlykova11has quoted5 years ago
    we assign to all bodily pleasures and external delights the same position which is held by auxiliaries and light-armed troops in a camp; if we make them our servants, not our masters—then and then only are they of value to our minds. A man should be unbiased and not to be conquered by external things: he ought to admire himself alone, to feel confidence in his own spirit, and so to order his life as to be ready alike for good or for bad fortune. Let not his confidence be without knowledge, nor his knowledge without steadfastness: let him always abide by what he has once determined, and let there be no er
    elenashlykova11has quoted5 years ago
    that pleasure might not be the guide but the companion of a right-thinking and honourable mind;
    elenashlykova11has quoted5 years ago
    pleasure might not be the guide but the companion of a right-thinking and honourable mind;
    elenashlykova11has quoted5 years ago
    that bad men take as much delight in their shame as good men in noble things
    elenashlykova11has quoted5 years ago
    What answer are we to make to the reflexion that pleasure belongs to good and bad men alike, and that bad men take as much delight in their shame as good men in noble things?
    elenashlykova11has quoted5 years ago
    but pleasure dies at the very moment when it charms us most: it has no great scope, and therefore it soon cloys and wearies us, and fades away as soon as its
    elenashlykova11has quoted5 years ago
    virtue is a lofty quality, sublime, royal, unconquerable, untiring: pleasure is low, slavish, weakly, perishable; its haunts and homes are the brothel and the tavern.
    elenashlykova11has quoted5 years ago
    ; let it indulge itself to the full in all those matters which give sensual delights:
    elenashlykova11has quoted5 years ago
    and no one can be sane if he regards what is injurious as the highest good and strives to obtain it.
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