The Chain Which Binds Us

“There is one chain which holds us in bondage: the love of life. And, though it is not to be cast off entirely, it should nevertheless be reduced so that – should the situation ever demand it – nothing might detain or impede us from being prepared to do immediately what is necessary, no matter what or when.”

Una est catena quae nos alligatos tenet, amor vitae, qui ut non est abiciendus, ita minuendus est, ut si quando res exiget, nihil nos detineat nec impediat quominus parati simus quod quandoque faciendum est statim facere.

Seneca, Epistles to Lucilius 3.5 (26)

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