#6: On Anger (De Ira) Apr20

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#6: 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. 

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It is best to repel instantly the very first prickings of anger, to stamp out its very seedlings, to take pains not to be drawn in… 

No, the foe must be fended off at the farthest borders (as it were); once it has entered and made its way through your gates, it takes its prisoners and grants no terms.

The mind is no longer a thing set apart, watching the passions from a distance to stop them from going further than they should. The mind itself, now weakened and betrayed to the enemy, is changed into a passion and cannot recover its helpful and healthful power.