#10: On Anger (De Ira) Apr20


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#10: On Anger (De Ira)

Quotes that resonate, from ‘How to Keep Your Cool: An Ancient Guide to Anger Management’ by Seneca, selected, translated and introduced by James Romm.     

Credulity is the source of most evil. Often you should refuse to even listen, for being deceived is better than being mistrustful. Suspicion and inference, those most misleading incitements, must be banished from the mind…

Let’s trust only that which we can see, plainly, with our own eyes; and whenever our suspicion turns out to be hollow, let’s punish our credulity, for that castigation will instill a habit of not trusting easily.

Where self-indulgence has ruined both the body and mind, nothing seems bearable, not because the task is hard but because the one doing it is soft… Nothing nurtures anger so much as luxury that lacks restraint and can’t stand setbacks.