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January 14, 2013

The person you are matters more than the place you go

The person you are matters more than the place to which you go. For that reason we should not make the mind a bondsman to any one place. Live in this belief: ‘I am not born for any one corner of the universe; this whole world is my country.’ If you saw this fact clearly, you would not be surprised at getting no benefit from the fresh scenes to which you roam each time through weariness of the old scenes. For the first would have pleased you in each case had you believed it wholly yours. As it is, however, you are not journeying; you are drifting and being driven, only exchanging one place for another, although that which you seek — to live well — is found everywhere.”
–Lucius Annaeus Seneca, 63 A.D., quoted in “Hither and Yon,” Lapham’s Quarterly, Summer 2009

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