Seneca, from Book XX, “Of a Happy Life”

Ovid wrote, ”Philosophers do not carry into effect all that they teach.” True. But philosophers do affect some for good through their noble conceptions. Indeed, they would be much happier if they could live up to their own words! Despite human shortcomings, we have no cause to despise the good sayings of good hearts. Even … More Seneca, from Book XX, “Of a Happy Life”

Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself

Every instrument; every tool; every container—if they are doing what they were designed to do, they do that well, even though their designer isn’t there. And natural things—the power that shaped them lives in them. It is right to revere this power and to remember that if you live according to the dictates of this … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself