The good is the end toward which all things tend. Important Quotes. Eternity, then, is the complete, simultaneous and perfect possession of everlasting life; this will be clear from a comparison with creatures that exist in time. As far as possible, join faith to reason. Men who give up the common goal of all things that exist, thereby cease to exist themselves. Again, think of the human body: could you discover anything more feeble than man, when often even a tiny fly can kill him either by its bite or by creeping into some inward part of him? If there is anything good about nobility it is that it enforces the necessity of avoiding degeneracy. Philosophy shows that much is still left for which he may be thankful. Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it. None enjoy perfect satisfaction with their lot. The friend that success brings you becomes your foe in time of misfortune. Teachers and parents! Now I know the other cause, or rather the major cause of your illness: you have forgotten your true nature. Variant: Nothing is miserable but what is thought so. “Oh teach the mind t' aetherial heights to rise, “There is no danger: he is suffering from drowsiness, that disease which attacks so many minds which have been deceived.”, We’d love your help. While only God is so by nature, as many as you like may become so by participation.”, “For in all adversity of fortune the worst sort of misery is to have been happy.”, “We cannot raise the question: How can there be evil if God exists? If there is a God, whence proceed so many evils? For no one except the greatest of fools would hate good men. Summary. Anything which departs from this ceases to exist, because its existence depends on the preservation of its nature. And there is no evil more able to do you injury than a friend turned foe. Love is a greater law to itself. The relationship between the ever-changing course of Fate and the stable simplicity of Providence is like that between reasoning and understanding, between that which is coming into being and that which is, between time and eternity, or between the moving circle and the still point in the middle. Instead, the entirety of the work will be punctuated by poems, and lavish poetic imagery is often used to underscore important philosophical points. In other living creatures the ignorance of themselves is nature, but in men it is a vice. “Would not have made it through AP Literature without the printable PDFs. “The Consolation of Philosophy”, Boethius, David R Slavitt (2008). If there is no God, whence cometh any good? Book 2. Read 717 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. We all agree that we cannot deduce a proof firmly founded upon reason from signs or arguments imported from without: it must come from arguments that fit together and lead from one to the next. All luck is good luck to the man who bears it with equanimity. A person is an individual substance of a rational nature. Love is unto itself a higher law.”, “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. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our. I know the many disguises of that monster, Fortune, and the extent to which she seduces with friendship the very people she is striving to cheat, until she overwhelms them with unbearable grief at the suddenness of her desertion”, “So dry your tears. In every kind of adversity, the bitterest part of a man's affliction is to remember that he once was happy. It is clear, therefore, that happiness is a state made perfect by the presence of everything that is good, a state, which, as we said, all mortal men are striving to reach though by different paths. For just as weakness is a disease of the body, so wickedness is a disease of the mind. Rise up on my spokes if you like but don't complain when you're cast back down into the depths. Cast out your doubts, your fears and your desires, let go of grief and of hope as well, for where these rule the mind is their subject.”, “Among wise men there is no place at all left for hatred. Music is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free from it – even if we so desired. Nothing is miserable unless you think it so. Book 5. On the bottom hem could be read the embroidered Greek letter Pi, and on the top hem the Greek letter Theta. Latin: Erit igitur pervagata inter suos gloria quisque contentus. How happy is mankind, if the love that orders the stars above rules, too, in your hearts.”, “Wretched men cringe before tyrants who have no power, the victims of their trivial hopes and fears. Love is unto itself a higher law. You would laugh if you saw a community of mice and one mouse arrogating to himself power and jurisdiction over the others. He who is virtuous is wise; and he who is wise is good; and he who is good is happy. “Boethius Collection [2 Books]”, p.216, Aeterna Press, Boethius (2012). Cloudflare Ray ID: 5f87c38cbc452e33 About In blindness men are content, and know not where lies hid the good which they desire. Therefore, to avoid an unending argument, it must be admitted that the supreme God is to the highest degree filled with supreme and perfect goodness. It is the perfection of all good things and contains in itself all that is good; and if anything were missing from it, it couldn’t be perfect, because something would remain outside it, which could still be wished for. They do not realise that anger is hopeless, fear is pointless and desire all a delusion. … Cast out your doubts, your fears and your desires, let go of grief and of hope as well, for where these rule the mind is their subject. “Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it.”, “Who would give a law to lovers? Just as you might call a corpse a dead man, but couldn't simply call it a man, so I would agree that the wicked are wicked, but could not agree that they have unqualified existence.”, “Your mind is likewise blocked. “All fortune is certainly good.”“How can that be?”“Listen. In the same way, human reason refuses to believe that divine intelligence can see the future in any other way except that in which human reason has knowledge. • You are unhappy because you have lost those things in which you took pleasure? says the wheel. Good times pass away, but then so do the bad. Instant downloads of all 1377 LitChart PDFs If there is a God, whence proceed so many evils? The first time was because I had lost the memory through the influence of the body, and this second time because I lost it when I became overwhelmed by the weight of my grief.”.