John 3:8-16 New International Version (NIV)
8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— 33 even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.
[1 Corinthians 10:32-33]
You aren't bothered are you, because you weigh a certain amount and not twice as much? So why get worked up that you've been given a certain lifespan and not more? Just as you are satisfied with your normal weight, so you should be with the time you've been given.
— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations,6.49 —
How rotten and fraudulent when people say they intend to 'give it to you straight.' What are you up to, dear friend? It shouldn't need your announcement, but be readily seen, as if written on your forehead, heard in the ring of your voice, a flash in your eyes — just as the beloved sees it all in the lover's glance. In short, the straightforward and good person should be like a smelly goat — you know when they are in the room with you.
— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 11.15 (resource), Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
The best way to avenge yourself is to not be like that.
— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 6.6 (resource), Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
I may wish to be free from torture, but if the time comes for me to endure it, I'll wish to bear it courageously with bravery and honor. Wouldn't I prefer not to fall into war? But if war does befall me, I'll wish to carry nobly the wounds, starvation, and other necessities of war. Neither am I so crazy as to desire illness, but if i must suffer illness, but if I must suffer illness, I'll wish to do nothing rash or dishonorable. The point is not to wish these adversities, but for the virtue that makes adversities bearable.
— Seneca, Moral Letters, 67.4(resource) Ryan Holiday, The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom
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Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living