Tuesday

December 30

NO great thing is brought to perfection suddenly, when not so much as a bunch of grapes or a fig is. If you tell me that you would at this minute have a fig, I will answer you, that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen. Is then the fruit of a figtree not brought to perfection suddenly, and in one hour: and would you possess the fruit of the human mind in so short a time, and without trouble? I tell you, expect no such thing.

EPICTETUS. DISCOURSES. Book i. §15. ¶2.

WORD after word, every one by itself, must the things that are spoken be conceived and understood; and so the things that are done, purpose after purpose, every one by itself likewise.

MARCUS AURELIUS. MEDITATIONS. Book vii. 4.

2 comments:

  1. It would be nice to become wise in a short time, wouldn't it!

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  2. And worth every penny I suspect. As old Isaiah said (sardonically) precept upon precept, line upon line.

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