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{{Quote|Two elements must therefore be rooted out once for all, the fear of future suffering, and the recollection of past suffering; since the latter no longer concerns me, and the former concerns me not yet.|Seneca|Letter 78}}
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{{Quote|text=What’s the good of dragging up sufferings which are over, of being unhappy now just because you were then? What is more, doesn’t everyone add a good deal to his tale of hardships and deceive himself as well in the matter? Besides, there is a pleasure in having succeeded in enduring, something the actual enduring of which was very far from pleasant; when some trouble or other comes to an end the natural thing is to be glad.
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Two elements must therefore be rooted out once for all - the fear of future suffering, and the recollection of past suffering; since the latter no longer concerns me, and the former concerns me not yet.|author=Seneca|source=Letter 78}}

Latest revision as of 15:54, 25 August 2017

What’s the good of dragging up sufferings which are over, of being unhappy now just because you were then? What is more, doesn’t everyone add a good deal to his tale of hardships and deceive himself as well in the matter? Besides, there is a pleasure in having succeeded in enduring, something the actual enduring of which was very far from pleasant; when some trouble or other comes to an end the natural thing is to be glad.

Two elements must therefore be rooted out once for all - the fear of future suffering, and the recollection of past suffering; since the latter no longer concerns me, and the former concerns me not yet.