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Plotinus - The Enneads - Do not base your peace of mind on the fortunes, good or bad, of any other men



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Plotinus – The Enneads

But if his nearest be taken from him, his daughters and daughters in law dragged away to captivity?

What then, we ask, if he had died without witnessing the wrong?  Could he have quitted the world in the calm conviction that nothing of all this could happen? 

He must be very shallow. 

Can he fail to see that it is possible for such calamities to overtake his household, and does he cease to be a happy man for the knowledge of what may occur?  In the knowledge of the possibility he may be at ease; as too, when the evil has come about.  He would reflect that the nature of this All is such as brings these things to pass and man must bow the head.....

His state cannot hang upon the fortunes, good or bad, of any other men....

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