Seneca – Letters 76:12

You do not doubt whether this is good; you doubt whether it is
the only good. If someone has everything else — health, wealth, many
ancestral busts, a crowded foyer — but is admittedly bad, then you will
disapprove of him. Similarly, if someone has none of the things I have
mentioned, if he is lacking in money, in clients, in the nobility which
derives from a long string of ancestors — but is admittedly good, then you
will approve of him. Therefore, the sole good of a human being is that
which, by its possession, makes him praiseworthy even if he is bereft of the
rest and which by its absence causes condemnation and rejection despite
an abundance of everything else.

– Seneca, Letter 76:12

 

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