FOR, amidst perturbations and griefs and fears, and disappointed desires and incurred aversions, how can there be any entrance for happiness? And, where there are corrupt principles, there must all these things necessarily be.
EPICTETUS. DISCOURSES. Book iii. §22. ¶6.
EVERY nature is content with itself when it speeds well on its way; and a rational nature speeds well on its way, when in its impressions it gives assent to nothing that is false or obscure, and directs its impulses towards none but social acts, and limits its inclinations and its aversions only to things that are in its power, and welcomes all that the Universal Nature allots it.
MARCUS AURELIUS. MEDITATIONS. Book viii. 7.
When we are disappointed and depressed over what life has handed to us, it is because we put value on the wrong things. We held too much importance in things rather than valuing our character above all else.ReplyDelete
we have filled our lives with anxiety, grief and fear, with insatiable acquisition and inevitable dissatisfaction. What time is left for courage, compassion, justice, moderation and wisdom? Have we any room left in our short lives for happiness?ReplyDelete