Philosophy in the Time of COVID-19

Summum bonum

1.“ Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

2.“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.”- Friedrich Nietzsche

3.“My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it—all idealism is mendacity in the face of what is necessary—but love it.”-Friedrich Nietzsche

4.“It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting. ” -Epictetus

5.“Who is your master? Anyone who has control over things upon which you’ve set your heart, or over things which you seek to avoid.” – Epictetus

6.“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.”― Søren Kierkegaard

7.“We say that nothing happens to the wise man against his expectation.”Seneca

8.“The mind adapts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting. The impediment to action advances action.What stands in the way becomes the way.”-Marcus Aurelius

9.“Act only in accordance with that maxim through which you can at the same time will that it become a universal law”-Immanuel Kant

10.“Believe me it is better to understand the balance-sheet of one’s own life than of the corn trade.” -Seneca

11.“The fragile wants tranquility, the antifragile grows from disorder, and the robust doesn’t care too much.”-Nassim Taleb

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