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Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius

Roman Christian philosopher, poet, and politician.
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Good men seek it by the natural means of the virtues; evil men, however, try to achieve the same goal by a variety of concupiscences, and that is surely an unnatural way of seeking the good. Don't you agree?
Boethius quotes
In every adversity of fortune, to have been happy is the most unhappy kind of misfortune.
Nothing is miserable but what is thought so, and contrariwise, every estate is happy if he that bears it be content.

Quis legem det amantibus?
maior lex amor est sibi.
Who hath so entire happiness that he is not in some part offended with the condition of his estate?
From thee, great God, we spring, to thee we tend
Path, motive, guide, original and end.
Nec speres aliquid nec extimescas,
exarmaueris impotentis iram;
at quisquis trepidus pauet uel optat,
quod non sit stabilis suique iuris,
abiecit clipeum locoque motus
nectit qua ualeat trahi catenam.
Sic quae permissis fluitare uidetur habenis
fors patitur frenos ipsaque lege meat.
"It's my belief that history is a wheel. 'Inconstancy is my very essence,'? says the wheel. Rise up on my spokes if you like but don't complain when you're cast back down into the depths. Good times pass away, but then so do the bad. Mutability is our tragedy, but it's also our hope. The worst of times, like the best, are always passing away."
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