All power tends to corrupt. And absolute power corrupts absolutely
— Lord Acton —
Understand at last that you have something in you more powerful and divine than what causes the bodily passions and pulls you like a mere puppet. What thoughts now occupy my mind? Is it not fear, suspicion, desire, or something like that?
—Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 12.19
What is it then to be properly educated? It is learning to apply our natural preconceptions to the right things according to Nature, and beyond that to separate the things that lie within our power from those that don't.
— Epictetus, Discourses, 1.22.9-10a(resource) The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom
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Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
Tranquility can't be grasped except by those who have reached an unwavering and firm power of judgment —the rest constantly fall and rise in their decisions, wavering in a state of alternatively rejecting and accepting things. What is the cause of this back and forth? It's because nothing is clear and they rely on the most uncertain guide - common opinion.
— Seneca, Moral Letters, 95.57b-58a —