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27 Wise Boethius Quotes (PHILOSOPHER)

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“Balance out the good things and the bad that have happened in your life and you will have to acknowledge that you are still way ahead. You are unhappy because you have lost those things in which you took pleasure? But you can also take comfort in the likelihood that what is now making you miserable will also pass away.”

Boethius
Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it.
Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it.
He who is virtuous is wise; and he who is wise is good; and he who is good is happy.
He who is virtuous is wise; and he who is wise is good; and he who is good is happy.
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.
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.
Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.
Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.

“So dry your tears. Fortune has not yet turned her hatred against all your blessings. The storm has not yet broken upon you with too much violence. Your anchors are holding firm and they permit you both comfort in the present, and hope in the future.”

Boethius
If there is a God, whence proceed so many evils If there is no God, whence cometh any good
If there is a God, whence proceed so many evils? If there is no God, whence cometh any good?
All fortune is good fortune; for it either rewards, disciplines, amends, or punishes, and so is either useful or just.
All fortune is good fortune; for it either rewards, disciplines, amends, or punishes, and so is either useful or just.
And it is because you don't know the end and purpose of things that you think the wicked and the criminal have power and happiness.
And it is because you don’t know the end and purpose of things that you think the wicked and the criminal have power and happiness.
A man content to go to heaven alone will never go to heaven.
A man content to go to heaven alone will never go to heaven.

11 Wise Boethius Quotes that Will Make You Rethink Life (WISDOM)

As far as possible, join faith to reason.
As far as possible, join faith to reason.
So nothing is ever good or bad unless you think it so, and vice versa. All luck is good luck to the man who bears it with equanimity.
So nothing is ever good or bad unless you think it so, and vice versa. All luck is good luck to the man who bears it with equanimity.
In every kind of adversity, the bitterest part of a man’s affliction is to remember that he once was happy.
In every kind of adversity, the bitterest part of a man’s affliction is to remember that he once was happy.
Every man must be content with that glory which he may have at home.
Every man must be content with that glory which he may have at home.
Contemplate the extent and stability of the heavens, and then at last cease to admire worthless things.
Contemplate the extent and stability of the heavens, and then at last cease to admire worthless things.

“Inconsistency is my very essence; it is the game I never cease to play as I turn my wheel in its ever changing circle, filled with joy as I bring the top to the bottom and the bottom to the top.”

Boethius
Man is so constituted that he then only excels other things when he knows himself.
Man is so constituted that he then only excels other things when he knows himself.
In other living creatures ignorance of self is nature; in man it is vice.
In other living creatures ignorance of self is nature; in man it is vice.
If there is anything good about nobility it is that it enforces the necessity of avoiding degeneracy.
If there is anything good about nobility it is that it enforces the necessity of avoiding degeneracy.
The good are always strong, the bad always weak and impotent.
The good are always strong, the bad always weak and impotent.
Now I know… the major cause of your illness: you have forgotten your true nature.
Now I know… the major cause of your illness: you have forgotten your true nature.

2 Boethius Quotes on Friendship

“Love binds people too, in matrimony’s sacred bonds where chaste lovers are met, and friends cement their trust and friendship. How happy is mankind, if the love that orders the stars above rules, too, in your hearts.”

Boethius
The friend that success brings you becomes your foe in time of misfortune. And there is no evil more able to do you injury than a friend turned foe.
The friend that success brings you becomes your foe in time of misfortune. And there is no evil more able to do you injury than a friend turned foe.

2 Boethius Quotes on Fortune

One’s virtue is all that one truly has, because it is not imperiled by the vicissitudes of fortune.
One’s virtue is all that one truly has, because it is not imperiled by the vicissitudes of fortune.
No man can ever truly be secure until he has been forsaken by fortune.
No man can ever truly be secure until he has been forsaken by fortune.

2 Boethius Quotes on Music

Music is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free from it - even if we so desired.
Music is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free from it – even if we so desired.
Music is part of us, and either ennobles or degrades our behavior.
Music is part of us, and either ennobles or degrades our behavior.

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