There is no great genius without a tincture of madness. Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiæ
Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)
Source: De Tranquillitate Animi, 15.
Contributed by: Zaady
We are mad, not only individually, but nationally. We check manslaughter and isolated murders; but what of war and the much vaunted crime of slaughtering whole peoples?
Live with men as if God saw you; converse with God as if men heard you.
The mind should be allowed some relaxation, that it may return to its work all the better for the rest.
We are more wicked together than separately. If you are forced to be in a crowd, then most of all you should withdraw into yourself.
Our (the Stoic) motto, as you know, is live according to nature.
Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.
Our care should not be to have lived long as to have lived enough.
People do not care how nobly they live, only how long, despite the fact that it is within everyone's reach to live nobly, but within no one's reach to live long.
It is extreme evil to depart from the company of the living before you die.
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