Seneca: about Life, Destiny, Adversity, Willpower and Virtue

“Gold is tried by fire, brave men by adversity”.

“It doesn’t matter what you have to endure, but how you endure it”.

“To know yourself is necessary to test yourself; only in this way a man can know what is his worth”.

“The safe road is followed by the weak and cowards; virtue seeks high and steep trails”.

“Is it any wonder if those who have faced an arduous climb don’t reach the top? If you are a man, however, admire he who attempts great feats, even if you see him falling”.

“The well-being can happen even to the common and modest people; to dominate adversity and tragedies is instead typical of great men. To always be happy and pass life without the bite of pain means to ignore half of life”.

“Therefore we accept with serenity all that for law of the universe we have to bear. We have committed ourselves to this, to tolerate our mortal condition and not be upset for what is not in our power to avoid”.

-Seneca

The best men are tested by destiny and consequently their life is studded by adversities, so that they can manifest their virtues before the eyes of ordinary people, so that they can become role models. They are born to serve as examples, to become archetypes and teach to endure and overcome the difficulties of life. From the best we demand more and destiny acts in the same way!

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Related post: About Stoicism

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