It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.
Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)
Contributed by: Zaady
You want to live-but do you know how to live? You are scared of dying-and, tell me, is the kind of life you lead really any different from being dead?
Source: Letters from a Stoic
The place one's in, though, doesn't make any contribution to peace of mind: it's the spirit that makes everything agreeable to oneself.
Everything hangs on one's thinking.
Rehearse death. To say this is to tell a person to rehearse his freedom. A person who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave. He is above, or at any rate, beyond the reach of, all political powers.
Death: There's nothing bad about it at all except the thing that comes before it-the fear of it.
Every day, therefore, should be regulated as if it were the one that brings up the rear, the one that rounds out and completes our lives.
A man is as unhappy as he has convinced himself he is.
What view is one likely to take of the state of a person's mind when his speech is wild and incoherent and knows no constraint?
We should live as if we were in public view, and think, too, as if someone could peer into the inmost recesses of our hearts-which someone can!
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