The Guest of the Maestro
From When God Whispers your Name
Don't return to philosophy as a task- master, but as patients seek out of relief in a treatment of sore eyes, or a dressing for a burn, or from an ointment. Regarding it this way, you'll obey reason without putting it on display and rest easy in its care.
— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 5.9
Daily Touch of Inspirations
April 11th: If you want to learn, be humble
Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
And about the time we are ready to give up, along comes the Master, who leans over and whisper:
Now keep going, don't quit. Keep on.. don't stop; don't quit, as He improvises on our behalf, providing just the right touch at just the right moment.
From Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life
This is the true athlete- the person in rigorous training against false impressions. Remain firm, you who suffer don't be kidnapped by your impressions! The struggle is great, the task is divine- to gain mastery, freedom, happiness, and tranquility.
—Epictetus, Discourses, 2.18.27-28