Category: Echoes through 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)

Echoes through time: to look things in the face

The first rule is, to keep an untroubled spirit; for all things must bow to Nature’s law, and soon enough you must vanish into nothingness, like Hadrian and Augustus.

The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are, remembering that it is your duty to be a good man. Do without flinching what man’s nature demands; say what seems to you most just – though with courtesy, modesty and sincerity.

Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (8.5)

Image: Andrew Munro: young Marcus Aurelius, bust from Temple of Flora, Stourhead Gardens, Wiltshire

Echoes through time: without frenzy, sloth or pretence

Perfection of character: to live your last day, every day, without frenzy, or sloth, or pretence.

Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (7.59)

Note, unusually, I’ve taken the above from the Gregory Hays translation. My more usual Maxwell Staniforth translation has…

To live each day as though one’s last, never flustered, never apathetic, never attitudinising – here is the perfection of character.