Friday

January 27

IF thou shalt find anything in this mortal life better than righteousness, than truth, temperance, fortitude, and in general better than a mind contented both with those things which according to right and reason she doth, and in those, which without her will and knowledge happen unto thee by the Providence: If I say, thou canst find out anything better than this; apply thyself unto it with thy whole heart.

MARCUS AURELIUS. MEDITATIONS. Book iii. 7.

BUT who ever came into the world without an innate idea of good and evil, fair and base, becoming and unbecoming, happiness and misery, proper and improper, what ought to be done and what not to be done?

EPICTETUS. DISCOURSES. Book ii. §11. ¶1.

5 comments:

  1. " If I say, thou canst find out anything better than this; apply thyself unto it with thy whole heart."

    Is he talking about cookies???

    ReplyDelete
  2. Chocolate CHUNK Cookies, then maybe...

    ReplyDelete
  3. Definitely cookies... but they would be White Chocolate chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies. :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. My wife says, "Yes, definitely white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies, but you must put cranberries in them!"

    ReplyDelete
  5. If you can find anything in this life better than courage, wisdom, temperance, fortitude, justice, compassion, apply yourself to it with your whole heart. - Lessons from Marcus Aurelius

    A birthday message, if there even was one.

    ReplyDelete