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, September 12, 2016

Quote of the Week

"Remember from now on whenever something tends to make you unhappy, draw on this principle: 'This is no misfortune; but bearing with it bravely is a blessing.'"

- Roman Stoic philosopher Epictetus (2nd cent. AD), Fragment 28b, quoted in Marcus Aurelius' Meditations (4.49.6)

(Painting: "Portrait of a Philosopher," by Salvator Rosa, 17th cent.)

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