"Men do not care how nobly they live, but only how long, although it is within the reach of every man to live nobly, but within no man's power to live long."
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Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(4 B.C.-A.D. 65) Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, "Seneca the Younger"
Source:
Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (Moral Letters to Lucilius), Letter XXII: On the futility of half-way measures, line 17.
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I suppose there was a time that that teaching was widely followed but it has not trickled down to these days.

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