Inspirational Quotes

But we must not do this often, in

But we must not do this often, in case the mind acquires a bad habit; yet at times it must be stimulated to rejoice without restraint and austere soberness must be banished for a while. For whether we agree with the Greek poet that ?Sometimes it is sweet to be mad,? or with Plato that ?A man sound in mind knocks in vain at the doors of poetry,? or with Aristotle that ?No great intellect has been without a touch of madness,? only a mind that is deeply stirred can utter something noble and beyond the power of others. When it has scorned everyday and commonplace thoughts and risen aloft on the wings of divine inspiration, only then does it sound a note nobler than mortal voice could utter. As long as it remains in its senses it cannot reach any lofty and difficult height: it must desert the usual track and race away, champing the bit and hurrying its driver in its course to a height it would have feared to scale by itself.
— Seneca, On The Shortness Of Life

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