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Boethius - The Consolation of Philosophy - Providence stings some people to avoid giving them happiness for too long

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Boethius – The Consolation of Philosophy

Providence stings some people to avoid giving them happiness for too long, and others she allows to be vexed by hard fortune to strengthen their virtues of mind by the use and exercise of patience.  Some people are excessively afraid of suffering for which they actually have the endurance; others are full of scorn for suffering they cannot in fact bear.  Both kinds she brings to self discovery through hardship.  Some men at the price of a glorious death have won a fame that generations will venerate; some indomitable in the face of punishment have given others an example that evil cannot defeat virtue.  There is no doubt that it is right that these things happen, that they are planned and that they are suited to those to whom they actually happen

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Boethius

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