Nothing will ever befall me

that I will receive with gloom or a bad disposition.

I will pay my taxes gladly.

Now, all the things which cause complaint

or dread are like the taxes of life-

things from which, my dear Lucilius,

you should never hope for exemption or seek escape.


—Seneca, Moral Letters, 96.2 (resource), Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living