From the meditations of Marcus Aurelius. He is thinking about what he calls the rational soul, listing
“Affection for its neighbors. Truthfulness. Humility. Human beings were made to help each other. Nothing is good except what leads to fairness, and self control and courage and free will. And nothing bad except what does the opposite. We are not to go expecting Plato’s Republic, but to work in a principled way, with diligence, energy and patience. If you can embrace this work without fear or expectation, if you can find fulfillment in what you are doing now, as Nature intended, and in superhuman truthfulness (every word, every utterance) –then your life will be happy.”
Linda, thank you for sharing this beautiful thought with me! Also, a shout out to the amazing Clark Little! Your work inspires me!