Inspirational Boethius quotes

Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius commonly called Boethius (c. 480–524 AD), was a Roman senator, consul, magister officiorum, and philosopher of the early 6th century. This post features some Inspirational Boethius quotes.

He was born four years after Odoacer deposed the last Roman Emperor and declared himself King of Italy, and entered public service under Ostrogothic King Theodoric the Great, who later imprisoned and executed him in 524 on charges of conspiracy to overthrow him. While jailed, Boethius composed his Consolation of Philosophy, a philosophical treatise on fortune, death, and other issues, which became one of the most popular and influential works of the Middle Ages.

Boethius quotes
Boethius quotes

Boethius quotes

“Balance out the good things and the bad that have happened in your life and you will have to acknowledge that you are still way ahead. You are unhappy because you have lost those things in which you took pleasure? But you can also take comfort in the likelihood that what is now making you miserable will also pass away.”
― Boethius

“If first you rid yourself of hope and fear
You have dismayed the tyrant’s wrath:
But whosoever quakes in fear or hope,
Drifting and losing his mastery,
Has cast away his shield, has left his place,
And binds the chain with which he will be bound.”
Boethius

“For he that is fallen low did never firmly stand.”
Boethius quotes

“Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it.”
― Boethius

“A man content to go to heaven alone will never go to heaven.”
― Boethius

“Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.”
― Boethius

“For in all adversity of fortune the worst sort of misery is to have been happy.”
― Boethius

“If there is anything good about nobility it is that it enforces the necessity of avoiding degeneracy.”
― Boethius

“Music is part of us, and either ennobles or degrades our behavior.”
― Boethius

“Man is so constituted that he then only excels other things when he knows himself.”
― Boethius

“Love binds people too, in matrimony’s sacred bonds where chaste lovers are met, and friends cement their trust and friendship. How happy is mankind, if the love that orders the stars above rules, too, in your hearts.”
― Boethius

“The now that passes produces time, the now that remains produces eternity.”
― Boethius

“One’s virtue is all that one truly has, because it is not imperiled by the vicissitudes of fortune.”
― Boethius

“The greatest misery in adverse fortune is once to have been happy.”
― Boethius

“Wretched men cringe before tyrants who have no power, the victims of their trivial hopes and fears. They do not realize that anger is hopeless, fear is pointless and desire all a delusion. He whose heart is fickle is not his own master, has thrown away his shield, deserted his post, and he forges the links of the chain that holds him.”
― Boethius

“Indeed, the condition of human nature is just this; man towers above the rest of creation so long as he realizes his own nature, and when he forgets it, he sinks lower than the beasts. For other living things to be ignorant of themselves, is natural; but for man it is a defect.”
― Boethius

“Contemplate the extent and stability of the heavens, and then at last cease to admire worthless things.”
― Boethius

“Men who give up the common goal of all things that exist, thereby cease to exist themselves. Some may perhaps think it strange that we say that wicked men, who form the majority of men, do not exist; but that is how it is. I am not trying to deny the wickedness of the wicked; what I do deny is that their existence is absolute and complete existence. Just as you might call a corpse a dead man, but couldn’t simply call it a man, so I would agree that the wicked are wicked, but could not agree that they have unqualified existence.”
― Boethius

“So it follows that those who have reason have freedom to will or not to will, although this freedom is not equal in all of them. Human souls are more free when they persevere in the contemplation of the mind of God, less free when they descend to the corporeal, and even less free when they are entirely imprisoned in earthly flesh and blood.”
― Boethius

“He is in no real danger. He merely suffers from a lethargy, a sickness that is common among the depressed. He has forgotten who he really is, but he will recover, for he used to know me, and all I have to do is cloud the mist that beclouds his vision.”
― Boethius

“If I have fully diagnosed the cause and nature of your condition, you are wasting away in pining and longing for your former good fortune. It is the loss of this which, as your imagination works upon you, has so corrupted your mind. I know the many disguises of that monster, Fortune, and the extent to which she seduces with friendship the very people she is striving to cheat, until she overwhelms them with unbearable grief at the suddenness of her desertion”
― Boethius

“And it is because you don’t know the end and purpose of things that you think the wicked and the criminal have power and happiness.”
― Boethius

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