"O my soul, do not aspire to immortal life, but exhaust the limits of the possible."-Pindar
Respice post te! Hominem te esse memento! Memento mori!
Translation:“Look behind you! Remember that you are but a man! Remember that you will die!”
If you set your desire on philosophy you must at once prepare to meet
with ridicule and the jeers of many who will say,'Here he is again,
turned philosopher. Where has he got these proud looks?' Nay, put on
no proud looks, but hold fast to what seems best to you, in confidence
that God has set you at this post. And remember that if you abide
where you are, those who first laugh at you will one day admire you,
and that if you give way to them, you will get doubly laughed at.
On no occasion call yourself a philosopher, nor talk at large of your
principles among the multitude, but act on your principles. For
instance, at a banquet do not say how one ought to eat, but eat as you
ought. Remember that Socrates had so completely got rid of the thought
of display that when men came and wanted an introduction to
philosophers he took them to be introduced; so patient of neglect was
he. And if a discussion arise among the multitude on some principle,
keep silent for the most part; for you are in great danger of blurting
out some undigested thought. And when some one says to you,'You know
nothing', and you do not let it provoke you, then know that you are
really on the right road. For sheep do not bring grass to their
shepherds and show them how much they have eaten, but they digest
their fodder and then produce it in the form of wool and milk. Do the
same yourself; instead of displaying your principles to the multitude,
show them the results of the principles you have digested.
Whatever principles you put before you, hold fast to them as laws
which it will be impious to transgress. But pay no heed to what any
one says of you; for this is something beyond your own control.
The Manual[Enchiridion] Of Epictetus
Rehearse this thought every day, that you may be able to depart from life contentedly; for many men clutch and cling to life, even as those who are carried down a rushing stream clutch and cling to briars and sharp rocks. - Letters from a Stoic, Seneca
If powerful assholes don’t find you“arrogant,” it means you are doing something wrong.
- The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is completely original. - Steal Like an Artist