The private diaries of one of Rome’s greatest emperors, the personal letters of one of Rome’s best playwrights and wisest power brokers, the lectures of a former slave and exile, turned influential teacher.
Humans are emotional creatures and hiding our reactions beneath a carefully crafted veneer is an exhausting way to live.
Intentionally, actively seek things that will challenge you. If you understand everything in your life, you’re doing it wrong.
“When I got Ego Is the Enemy tattooed on my forearm it is exactly this part of human nature that I wanted to warn myself against on a daily basis. It is this part of us that says that we know better, that makes us unwilling to listen to others, to remember to be objective and clear-headed and honest.”
No wonder we are stressed. No wonder we are so busy.
It doesn’t feel like October at all, and if I didn’t see the salmon and russet trees in Prospect Park, I’d think this was the first hint of summer rather than its last breath.
“You ought to be preparing yourself…to hear truths, which no inflexibility will be able to withstand,” James Madison once wrote to Thomas Jefferson.
We are either too tough or not tough enough.
It’s easy to stay in your room and watch Netflix all night.