Seneca on Acceptance

“All the things which cause complaint or dread are like the taxes of life—things from which … you should never hope for exemption or seek escape.”

~ Seneca

Seamus Heaney on Life

“Whoever remains
For long here in this earthly life
Will enjoy and endure more than enough.”

~ Beowulf / Translation Seamus Heaney

Seneca on Endurance

“More generally , says Seneca , if we coddle ourselves , if we allow ourselves to be corrupted by pleasure , nothing will seem bearable to us , and the reason things will seem unbearable is not because they are hard but because we are soft .”

(From “A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy” by William Irvine.)

Seneca on Dominion

“It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.”

~ Seneca

Seneca on Trials

“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.”

~ 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