Break not the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax. Shut up not thy tender mercies in displeasure; but make him to hear of joy and gladness, that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
—from The Visitation of the Sick, The BCP (via nunccognosco)
Pythagoras said that we must choose the best life, for custom will make it pleasant. Wealth is a weak anchor, glory still weaker, and similarly with the body, dominion, and honor. Which anchors are strong? Prudence, magnanimity and fortitude; these can be shaken by no tempest. This is the law of God: that virtue is the only thing strong, all else is a trifle.
—Stobaeus, Pythagorean Sentences (via zerogate)