Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Quote of the Week

"Virtue only comes to a character which has been thoroughly schooled and trained and brought to a pitch of perfection by unremitting practice. We are born for it, but not with it."

- Seneca, Letters from a Stoic, Letter XC

(Image: "Virtudes," by Rafael, 16th cent.)

2 comments:

Dulcimer said...
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Dulcimer said...

This may or may not truly relate but I found Seneca's statement really striking in light of a podcast I listened to recently on the topics of virtue and memory. https://www.circeinstitute.org/podcast/quiddity-54-jenny-rallens-why-and-how-memory-cultivates-virtue