Category: Echoes through time

Echoes through time: the Gulph of Time

All Compositions of Matter fly off apace to the common stock and Receptacle: Spirits are quickly swallow’d up in the Soul of the Universe, and so is Memory and Fame in the Gulph of Time.

Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (7.10)

The above comes from this 1726 translation of Meditations…

The London Library, Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

The “Soul of the Universe” and the “Gulph of Time” are maybe more evocative than the more recent version from Gregory Hays:

All substance is soon absorbed into nature, all that animates it soon restored to the logos, all trace of them both soon covered over by time.

Echoes through time: you take yourself along

What good will new countries do you? What use is touring cities and sites? All your dashing about is useless in the end. Do you ask why your flight is of no avail? You take yourself along.

You must shed the load that is on your mind: until you do that, no place will be pleasing to you.

Seneca (4 BC – AD 65),  Moral Letters to Lucilius (28.2)