#11: On Anger (De Ira) Apr22


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#11: On Anger (De Ira)

#11: 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.

If we want to be fair judges of all matters, let’s convince ourselves first of all of this: none of us is without guilt.

The greatest outrage arises from this attitude: “I’ve committed no wrong” and “I didn’t do anything.” No, it’s only that you don’t admit to anything.

We take umbrage at receiving any admonition or punishment, even though we are doing wrong at that very moment, by adding arrogance and
presumption to our misdeeds.

Who can proclaim themselves innocent under all laws? Even if this is possible, how narrow is innocence if it only means being good in legal terms! How much further does the measure of one’s duties extend than that of the law! How many things are demanded – by piety, humanity, generosity, justice, and loyalty – that go beyond the law codes on public display!