Some great quotations in my morning reading, which I'm back to now the kids are at school again. Will share in this thread...


"A candour affected is a dagger concealed."

(Marcus Aurelius)

"The good life can be achieved to perfection by any soul capable of showing indifference to the things that are themselves indifferent."

(Marcus Aurelius)

"Self-knowledge is the start of self-correction."

(Baltasar Gracián)

"Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain applause which he cannot keep."

(Dr Johnson)

"There is not creature whose inward being is so strong that it is not great determined by what lies outside it."

(George Eliot)

"The image of myself which I try to create in my own mind in order that I may love myself is very different the image which I try to create in the minds of others in order that they may love me."

(W.H. Auden)

"If your body were to be put at the disposal of a stranger, you would certainly be indignant. Then aren't you ashamed of putting your mind at the disposal of a chance acquaintance, by allowing yourself to be upset if he happens to abuse you?"


@dajbelshaw What are you reading that has words from so many writers?

@dajbelshaw I hadn't read Baltasar Gracián before; I found 'The Art of Worldly Wisdom' here: I think that's the only of his works available.

It's beautifully written, but I would be more inclined to title it 'The Art of Getting Along'. It's practical advice for the workplace and being liked (especially by superiors). "Keep imagination under control." "Know how to take a hint." "Find each man's thumbscrew."

Not really for me.

@Downes Yeah, I find it fascinating (and as you say, don't agree with everything) but for a 17th-century Jesuit priest to be so on the money for some of the things we deal with today is pretty awesome

@dajbelshaw Yeah, he gets that right from the very first sentence.

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