The ancient Arabic poets were great. Contemplate the principles of a science so important to the peace and happiness of society. What is wealth? Rather, be an active member of society — to help uplift others: The lives of the primitive monks were consumed in penance and solitude, undisturbed by the various occupations which fill the time, and exercise the faculties, of reasonable, active, and social beings. If life were a play, you are the leading actor. Children are given freedom to pursue their curiosity. All life is a fleeting moment. The one appears an animal fearful of the land; the other a creature apprehensive of the water. If we compute the number and duration of the reigns between Heraclius and Andronicus it will be found that a period of 600 years is filled with 60 emperors. — Gibbons. Although he said this for America it goes for everyone that enemy within the home can destroy the undestroyable. But that is not always true. 21, 2020 Alternative facts have always been with us, and they've always … Ambition is a weed of quick and early vegetation in the vineyard. But wealth is always relative: Thirst, hunger, and nakedness are positive evils; but wealth is relative. "The value of history is, indeed, not scientific but moral: by liberalizing the mind, by deepening the sympathies, by fortifying the will, it enables us to control, not society, but ourselves -- a much more important thing; it prepares us to live more humanely in the … The road to paradise; a bridge as sharp as a razor, was suspended over the abyss by the master-hand of the theological artist. Juleous Ceasor murdered is the classic example when he was stabbed in the back by his closest friend Brutus. Yet, I forget my own faults. To dispel superstition, to dispel avarice, and the hunger for more followers, likes, money, power, influence. I read Edward Gibbon’s “The Decline and the Fall of the Roman Empire” via quotes from Eugene Ho. Indira Gandhi’s Assassination is the classic example. Avoid those who flatter you. Joseph Stalin, Russian dictator gave a very important piece of advice he said “Ideas are more important than guns. To humble the emperor. His observation echoes a somewhat more cynical version written earlier by the German philosopher Friedrich Hegel: "The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history." Just imagine like me talking to you, or me talking to myself, kind of in the spirit of Marcus Aurelius in “The Meditations.”: My interest and duty is the same; to serve others. But we’re still going through it. Every elderly person as your grandma or grandpa. — Gibbons. Finally, historical narratives offer us stories of humility, courage, wisdom, and—most important—hope. Studying history for 4,000 years — have more hope in life, and fewer fears. Winston Churchill like his bold personality made it clear that only victors will remain in the imprints of the history. Because poverty is not having something, it is not having something. Rather, to help fulfill the (virtuous) wishes and interest of people. Paradise is being alive. The duration of life is ‘contracted to a fleeting moment.’ Death is always beside the throne. Hitler and Napolean both tried but eventually failed. Then strive to overcome them. Embrace useful animals. What will you do in life, and what will you not do in life to make that big change? It is human nature. Don’t be hungry for money; be hungry for virtue and wisdom. “To be independent of public opinion is the first formal condition of achieving anything great.” ― … “We have seldom an opportunity of observing, either in active or speculative life; what effect may be produced, or what obstacles may be surmounted, by the force of a single mind; when it is inflexibly applied to pursuit of a single object.” — Gibbons. 1. To not do unto others as you don’t want others to do unto you. Advance in life. To hustle harder, to be less wasteful of time. We can live in pleasure our entire lives. I downloaded all the quotes as a text file. — Gibbons. To learn from the mistakes of foolish past Roman emperors. To not be distracted by pursuing money, power, and influence. The aspiring efforts of genius or virtue; either in active or speculative life; are measured not so much by their real elevation as by the height to which they ascent above the level of their age or country; and the same statue which in a people of giants would pass unnoticed (next to midgets). In the office of nuncio, or the rank of cardinal, he may acquire some knowledge of the world; but the primitive stain will adhere to his mind and manners: from study and experience he may suspect the mystery of his profession; but the sacerdotal artist will imbibe some portion of the bigotry which he inculcates.” — Gibbons, The changing wheels of fortune; which spares neither man nor the proudest of his work; which buries empires and cities in a common grave. See every stranger as your brother or sister. Yet we still complain. Why fatigue ourselves with senseless business, to increase our pile of gold? — Gibbons, The observation that in every age and climate, ambition has prevailed with the same commanding energy. Don’t be a monk — living in solitude, and trying to cut away my own sins. Find your group chat here >> start new discussion reply. This can teach us that there is no shortcut or easy way out. To only reward those who deserve the prizes. With the hundreds of Roman emperors from the past. Don’t increase my wants. One person can change the minds of millions. So don’t quote them, or me. If I am conscious of my own strength; I will have great courage. The more we learn, and achieve self-enlightenment, the more hope we have in life. The single fibre of one man can change a nation. Hug your children today. To have more artificial needs is poverty. And leads to moral weakness. Use your short life to hustle and follow your passion. To learn the language of the past. If you have $400,000 — you are poor compared to the guy with $400,000,000 (400 million). The human fancy can paint with more energy the misery than the bliss of a future life. To elevate my mind to disdain my little body, and my little fleeting time on the planet Earth. Only focus my energy on uplifting the souls of others, rather than stuffing my own pockets with gold. For most of my friends and family, the social distancing and handwashing aren’t that bad. In our past, we got several great leaders and preachers whos teachings we should always remember and also the incidents especially disastrous one so we never face them again. You can’t eat it. Ambition almost always prevails. Make your love for humanity your mission statement. To spend less time online shopping, more time online writing. 3. It’s so easy to think, early on in your career, that you are just never … “The most worthless of mankind condemn in others the same disorders which they allow in themselves; and can readily discover some nice difference of age, character, or station, to justify the partial distinction.” — Gibbons. Don’t study abstract philosophy. To think of other planets, and to study astronomy is to realize how little we are as humans: The sublime science of astronomy; which elevates the mind of man to disdain his diminutive planet and momentary existence. The study of history requires us to ask such complex questions as these. To develop our wisdom and understanding, we need more time in solitude. Earth is just one planet. Don’t be lazy: They coveted the works of art; which they were too lazy to imitate and too indigent to purchase. — Gibbons. 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