Proverbs are nuggets of wisdom, passed down through centuries which we can still learn from today. ‘The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions.’
The theory practised throughout history of ‘Memento Mori’- Remember Death. Do we still have a relationship with our own mortality? Quotes from Seneca, Tolstoy & more.
Friedrich Nietzsche said that the formula for greatness is ‘amor fati’, a Latin phrase meaning ‘love of fate’. With quotes from Nietzsche and Epictetus.
Prudence isn’t something we hear much about these days. When we do, it’s usually loosely associated with cautiousness- hardly a virtue. Why then, was it believed to be a cardinal virtue for all those centuries? Quotes from Aesop, Eliot, Cicero & more.
In 1835, Rev. C. C. Vanarsdalen wrote an article entitled ‘The Philosophy of Forgiveness’. He looks at the possibility in forgiveness and the limitations of resentment.
In his 1841 essay ‘Friendship’, R. W. Emerson looks at two basic elements that go into the composition of true friendship. With quotes from the essay.
In The Discourses, Epictetus discusses the two potential sides to resolution; a virtue or an illness. Are we willing to change our minds to be closer to the truth?
In Letter XXVIII of ‘Letters from a Stoic’, Seneca discusses the fallacy surrounding travel; what it achieves, and what it simply can’t. “A change of character, not a change of air, is what you need.”
If we supposedly have all the answers, what kind of relationship can we have with the inexplicable or the mysterious? Rainer Maria Rilke discusses possibility in the unknown and danger in the absolute.
In late 1902, a young officer cadet began corresponding with poet Rainer Maria Rilke. ‘Letters to a Young Poet’ is a collection of Rilke’s letters to the young aspiring writer. In Letter No. 8, Rilke addresses the transformative nature of sadness.