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Boethius

Boethius

Roman senator, consul, magister officiorum, and philosopher

Category: Politics | Philosophers

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    Another cause of your sickness, and the most important: you have forgotten what you are.
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    For in all adversity of fortune the worst sort of misery is to have been happy.
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    For in every ill-turn of fortune the most unhappy sort of unfortunate man is the one who has been happy.
    Source: De Consolatione Philosophia  Book 2, prose 4
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    From thee, great God, we spring, to thee we tend —
    Path, motive, guide, original and end.
    Source: De Consolatione Philosophia Book III, section 9, line 27
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    Good men seek it by the natural means of the virtues; evil men, however, try to achieve the same goal by a variety of concupiscences, and that is surely an unnatural way of seeking the good. Don't you agree?
    Source: De Consolatione Philosophia Book 4, Prose 2, 524. Translated from Latin by Ric
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    He who has calmly reconciled his life to fate, and set proud death beneath his feet, can look fortune in the face, unbending both to good and bad: his countenance unconquered he can shew.
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    If first you rid yourself of hope and fear
    You have dismayed the tyrant's wrath:
    But whosoever quakes in fear or hope,
    Drifting and losing his mastery,
    Has cast away his shield, has left his place,
    And binds the chain with which he will be bound.
    Source: De Consolatione Philosophia
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    If there is a God, whence proceed so many evils? If there is no God, whence cometh any good?
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    If there is anything good about nobility it is that it enforces the necessity of avoiding degeneracy.
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    In every adversity of fortune, to have been happy is the most unhappy kind of misfortune.
    Source: De Consolatione Philosophia Book II, section 4, line 4
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    In every kind of adversity, the bitterest part of a man's affliction is to remember that he once was happy.
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    It's my belief that history is a wheel. 'Inconstancy is my very essence,' says the wheel. Rise up on my spokes if you like but don't complain when you're cast back down into the depths. Good time pass away, but then so do the bad. Mutability is our tragedy, but it's also our hope. The worst of time, like the best, are always passing away.
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    Nothing is miserable but what is thought so, and contrariwise, every estate is happy if he that bears it be content.
    Source: De Consolatione Philosophia Book II, section 4, line 64
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    So nothing is ever good or bad unless you think it so, and vice versa. All luck is good luck to the man who bears it with equanimity.
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    Thus, where'er the drift of hazard
    Seems most unrestrained to flow,
    Chance herself is reined and bitted,
    And the curb of law doth know.
    Source: De Consolatione Philosophia
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