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“The good die when they should live, the evil live when they should die; heroes perish and cowards escape; noble efforts do not succeed because they are noble, and wickedness is consumed in its own nature. Looking at truth is not at first a heartening experience--it becomes so, if at all, only with time, with infinite patience, and with the luck of a little personal happiness.”
― William Alexander Percy, Lanterns on the Levee: Recollections of a Planter's Son

“The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. You are arranging what lies in Fortune’s control, and abandoning what lies in yours. What are you looking at? To what goal are you straining? The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”

― Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

“vices have to be crushed rather than picked at.”
― Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

“People are frugal

in guarding their personal

property; but as soon as it comes

to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in

which it is right to be stingy.”

― Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

“Whatever can happen at any time can happen today.”
― Seneca, 

On the Shortness of Life

“No one could endure lasting adversity if it continued to have the same force as when it first hit us. We are all tied to Fortune, some by a loose and golden chain, and others by a tight one of baser metal: but what does it matter? We are all held in the same captivity, and those who have bound others are themselves in bonds - unless you think perhaps that the left-hand chain is lighter. One man is bound by high office, another by wealth; good birth weighs down some, and a humble origin others; some bow under the rule of other men and some under their own; some are restricted to one place by exile, others by priesthoods: all life is a servitude.

So you have to get used to your circumstances, complain about them as little as possible, and grasp whatever advantage they have to offer: no condition is so bitter that a stable mind cannot find some consolation in it.”

― Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

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