Advayavada Buddhism

ON COURSE WITH NATURE.

Similar Passages from Seneca and Marcus Aurelius

Stoicism and the Art of Happiness

These passages from Seneca and Marcus Aurelius are worth comparing:

SenecaThe wise man will not be angry with sinners. Why not? Because he knows that no one is born wise, but becomes so: he knows that very few wise men are produced in any age, because he thoroughly understands the circumstances of human life. Now, no sane man is angry with nature: for what should we say if a man chose to be surprised that fruit did not hang on the thickets of a forest, or to wonder at bushes and thorns not being covered with some useful berry? No one is angry when nature excuses a defect. The wise man, therefore, being tranquil, and dealing candidly with mistakes, not an enemy to but an improver of sinners, will go abroad every day in the following frame of mind: — “Many men will meet me who are drunkards, lustful, ungrateful…

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