Just read (some) of Edward Gibbon’s “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” via passages. Here are some takeaway points, and life lessons I learned:
1. Active valor
Have disciplined valor; active valor.
Valor, to be strong.
2. Hope is what makes us live
Roman slaves were even given hope; to one day achieve freedom:
Hope; the best comfort of our imperfect condition, was not denied to the Roman slave; and if he had any opportunity of rendering himself either useful or agreeable; he might very naturally expect that the diligence and fidelity of a few years would be rewarded with the inestimable gift of freedom.
3. Public benefits
Many works are erected at private expense; for public benefit.
Virtue is the only good; vice is the only bad, and everything else is indifferent — Marcus Aurelius
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