“… the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“It’s quite possible to be a good man without anyone realising it.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Human Nature, if it changes at all, changes not much faster than the geological face of the earth” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Unlimited power in the hands of limited people always leads to cruelty.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Revolution is often rash in its generosity. It is in such a hurry to disown so much.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Reconsider all your previous life. Remember everything you did that was bad and shameful and take thought – can’t you possibly correct it now?” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Mankind is almost incapable of dispassionate, unemotional thinking. In something which he has recognised as evil man can seldom force himself to see what is good.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Mankind is almost incapable of dispassionate, unemotional thinking. In something which he has recognised as evil man can seldom force himself to see what is good.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Anywhere you can lead your life, you can lead a good one.” – Marcus Aurelius

“The ground is soft and warm under the feet of honest men, but under the feet of traitors it prickles and burns.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

“Nothing but what you get from first impressions.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Consider the possiblity that nobility and virtue are not synonymous with the loss or preservation of one’s life.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Needing no oath or witness.” – Marcus Aurelius

“To care for all human beings is part of being human.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Take care that you don’t treat inhumanity as it treats human beings.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Perfection of character: to live your last day, every day, without frenzy, or sloth, or pretense.” – Marcus Aurelius

Values

Aristotle’s Golden Mean is the idea that between two extreme traits lies a trait in the middle which is virtuous. For example, between cowardice and recklessness lies courage. I think the proper way to act is to strive to achieve the Golden Mean in every action and utterance.

Wisdom

“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own.” — Epictetus

Temperence

“That he knew how to enjoy and abstain from things that most people find it hard to abstain from and all too easy to enjoy.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 1.16

Courage

“Consider the possibility that nobility and virtue are not synonmous with the loss or preservation of one’s life.” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 7.46

Justice

“And a commitment to justice in your own acts. Which means: thought and action resulting in the common good. What you were born to do.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 9.31

Honesty

“To lie deliberately is to blaspheme – the liar commits deceit, and thus injustice. And likewise to lie without realising it. Because the involuntary liar disrupts the harmony of nature – its order. He is in conflict with the way the world is structure. As anyone is who deviates toward what is opposed to the truth – even against his will. Nature gave him the resources to distinguish between true and false. And he neglected them, and now he can’t tell the difference.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 9.1

Essays

Why I Quit TV

This will be an essay outlining why I quit watching TV. Coming soon.