Who can give law to lovers? Love is a greater law to itself.
Nothing is miserable unless you think it so.
Another cause of your sickness, and the most important: you have forgotten what you are.
It’s my belief that history is a wheel. ‘Inconstancy is my very essence,’ says the wheel. Rise up on my spokes if you like but don’t complain when you’re cast back down into the depths. Good time pass away, but then so do the bad. Mutability is our tragedy, but it’s also our hope. The worst of time, like the best, are always passing away.
He who has calmly reconciled his life to fate… can look fortune in the face.
He who is virtuous is wise; and he who is wise is good; and he who is good is happy.
Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.
Music is part of us, and either ennobles or degrades our behavior
If there is anything good about nobility it is that it enforces the necessity of avoiding degeneracy.
In every kind of adversity, the bitterest part of a man’s affliction is to remember that he once was happy.
So nothing is ever good or bad unless you think it so, and vice versa. All luck is good luck to the man who bears it with equanimity.
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- Marcus Aurelius Emperor of Rome, Stoic Philosopher
- Cicero Roman Philosopher
- Pliny the Elder Roman Scholar
- Seneca the Younger (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) Roman Stoic Philosopher
- Ausonius Latin Poet, Rhetorician
- Quintilian Roman Rhetorician, Literary Critic
- Seneca the Elder (Marcus Annaeus Seneca) Roman Rhetorician
- Tacitus Roman Orator, Historian
- Thomas Aquinas Italian Catholic Priest
- William of Ockham English Philosopher, Polemicist