A man should be upright, not kept upright

Tatsuhiro Satō in Welcome to the N.H.K.

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
Marcus Aurelius, The Meditations

Appearances to the mind are of four kinds. Things either are what they appear to be; or they neither are, nor appear to be; or they are, and do not appear to be; or they are not, and yet appear to be. Rightly to aim in all these cases is the wise man’s task.
Epictetus, Discourses

Look beneath the surface; let not the several quality of a thing nor its worth escape thee.
Marcus Aurelius, The Meditations

Look to the essence of a thing, whether it be a point of doctrine, of practice, or of interpretation.
Marcus Aurelius, The Meditations

Even as the Sun doth not wait for prayers and incantations to rise, but shines forth and is welcomed by all: so thou also wait not for clapping of hands and shouts and praise to do thy duty; nay, do good of thine own accord, and thou wilt be loved like the Sun.
Epictetus, Fragments

No thing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
Epictetus, Discourses

Only the educated are free.
Epictetus, Discourses

Freedom is the name of virtue: Slavery, of vice…. None is a slave whose acts are free.
Epictetus, Fragments

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