Steve Layman, in his “Checking in with…” series, gathers some inspiring quotes from Goethe:
A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.
Find the others, here. Well worth a ponder.
I realise I know hardly anything about Goethe, other than Faust.
The above quote reminds me of Marcus (Meditations, 5.16): “for the soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.”
Image: Goethe in 1828, by Joseph Karl Stieler.
Another Basics 7 worth a ponder from Nicholas Bate:
2. More walk, less uber.
4. More read, less netflix.
5. More desert/mountain/lake, less mall.
Read the full list, here.
Photo by ROBIN WORRALL on Unsplash
Principles can only lose their vitality when the first impressions from which they derive have sunk into extinction; and it is for you to keep fanning these continually into new flame… You have only to see things once more in the light of your first and earlier vision, and life begins anew.
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (7.2)
How many whose praises used to be sung so loudly are now relegated to oblivion; and how many of the singers themselves have long since passed from our sight!
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (7.6)
Show me that the good life doesn’t consist in its length, but in its use, and that it is possible – no, entirely to common – for a person who has had a long life to have lived too little.
Seneca (4 BC – AD 65), Moral Letters to Lucilius (49.10)
The Hammock Papers has sage advice for independents.
Read every day something no one else is reading…
Read the rest, and the source, here.
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In the constitution of a rational being, I find no virtue implanted for the combating of justice, but I do find self-control implanted for the combating of pleasure.
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (8.39)
He that has once done you a Kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.
Benjamin Franklin (1709 – 1790), The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
This is known as the Ben Franklin Effect from Franklin’s note of “an old maxim” in his autobiography.
This week, screenwriter and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge was defending herself against accusations of being posh and privileged.
Whenever someone is successful, others search for a reason. Ideally, that reason should be “unfair” in some way: privilege, poshness, nepotism, even a “natural talent” or “magic touch”.
Clearly, it shouldn’t involve hard work, dedication or focus.
Picture: British GQ/Jason Hetherington
I have plenty of time, and so has everyone who wants it. No one is pursued by busyness. It’s people themselves who go after it and regard being busy as proof they are well off.
Seneca (4 BC – AD 65), Moral Letters to Lucilius (106.1)