Seneca on Conformity

“Let us enquire what is the best, not what is the most customary, thing to do, and what establishes our claim to unending happiness, not what the rabble, that worst of truth’s exponents, has set its stamp of approval on.”

~ Seneca

Seneca on Weakness

“Every impulse to cruelty is born from weakness.”

~ Seneca

Seneca on Endurance

“We ought to know that what makes us struggle is the fault, not of our locations, but of ourselves: we are weak when anything has to be endured, and unable to bear toil or pleasure or ourselves or anything for any length of time.”

~ Seneca

Samuel Beckett on the Grass Being Greener

“In me there have always been two fools, among others, one asking nothing better than to stay where he is and the other imagining that life might be slightly less horrible a little further on.”

~ Samuel Beckett

Dick Winters on Dark Memories

“The dark memories do not recede; you live with them and they become a part of you.”

Winters, Major Dick. Beyond Band of Brothers (p. 3). Ebury Publishing.

Prenta Ljucovic on Work

“You never think of problems when you work. If I had my nephews here, I would put them to work. They wouldn’t get in trouble. Work is the best medicine for everything.”

~ Prenta Ljucovic

Paula Pant on Being Yourself

“You are who you are. Find ways to work with your nature rather than constantly battling against it.”

~ Paula Pant

Ellis on Retribution

Well all the time you spend trying to get back what’s been took from you, more is going out the door. After a while you just have to try to get a tourniquet on it.”

~ Ellis / No Country For Old Men

Musonius Rufus on Work

“If you accomplish something good with hard work, the labour passes quickly, but the good endures; if you do something shameful in pursuit of pleasure, the pleasure passes quickly, but the shame endures.”

~ Musonius Rufus.

Jan Morris on Art

“It is Art, which is infinite in itself, which can be creative or comforting, active or passive, which comes from nowhere, which goes everywhere, which is omniscient, which is laughter and pity and puzzle and beauty, which is equally available to all of us, practitioners or recipients, and which can satisfy all our senses while the going is good.”

~ Jan Morris

Ranulph Fiennes on Ageing

“You realise that if you’d reached the ripe old age of, shall we say, over 50 without some dreadful sickness or disease or accident or something like that, and you’ve never wanted for food other than through your own fault, and you’ve never suffered from war other than your own fault, you’re incredibly lucky and therefore you shouldn’t allow negative thoughts [about ageing].”

~ Ranulph Fiennes

Epictetus on Strengths

“The possession of a particular talent is instinctively sensed by its owner”


Winston Churchill on Work

“Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.”

~ Winston Churchill

A Few Scots Proverbs

Better alane than in ill company.

Better rue sit than rue flit.

Cut your coat according to your claith.

Daylight will peep through a sma hole.

Enough’s as good as a feast.

Fore-warned, half armed.

He’ll soon be a beggar that canna say nae.

He that does you an ill turn will ne’er forgie you.

He that lives upon hope has a slim diet.

He that looks to frets, frets follow him.

He that wad eat the kernel maun crack the nut.

His heart is in his hose.

Law-makers should na be law-breakers.

Laugh at leisure, ye may greet e’er night.

Learn you tae an use and ye’ll ca’t custom.

Little ken’d the less cared for.

Make the best of an ill bargain.

Malice is mindfou.

Never quat certainty for hope.

Oppression will make a wise man mad.

Set a knave to grip a knave.

She‘s better than she‘s bonny.

The higher up the greater fa‘.

The mair noble the mair humble.

The mair mischief the better sport.

The poor man’s ay put to the warst.


Epictetus on Desires

“To (children) who put their hand into a narrow necked earthen vessel and bring out figs and nuts, this happens; if they fill the hand, they cannot take it out, and then they cry. Drop a few of them and you will draw things out. And do you part with your desires: do not desire many things and you will have what you want. ”

Epictetus, Discourses