Harvard Classics Reading Club discussion

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Matt | 51 comments The Harvard Classics is 4-for-4 so far in texts on virtue.

"O my friend, why do you who are a citizen of the great and mighty and wise city of Athens, care so much about laying up the greatest amount of money and honor and reputation, and so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul, which you never regard or heed at all? Are you not ashamed of this?"

Seems to be a recurring theme in every "Athens" throughout history.


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Matt | 51 comments After reading Epictetus it's now 7-for-7 in texts on virtue and, presumably, 8-for-8 given Marcus Aurelius.

"CXXXIV. To a good man there is no evil, either in life or death. And if God supply not food, has He not, as a wise Commander, sounded the signal for retreat and nothing more? I obey, I follow—speaking good of my Commander, and praising His acts. For at His good pleasure I came; and I depart when it pleases Him; and while I was yet alive that was my work, to sing praises unto God!"


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