The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
The biggest mistake you can make is accepting the norms of your time.
There has always been a lot of talk about what to do when failure is unacceptable and yet failure is inevitable. Heretofore, almost anything that has come to be seen as essential to the public gets some sort of performance standard imposed upon it, electricity and water, say. But let’s talk about software.
The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.
You have to pull back and let the system destroy itself, and then come back. That’s Seneca’s recommendation. He’s the one who says that the sage should let the republic destroy itself.
I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse. Looking away shall be my only negation. And all in all and on the whole: some day I wish to be only a Yes-sayer.
I start early, and I stay late, day after day, year after year. It took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success.