thou hast been...
a man that Fortune's buffet and rewards
has taken with equal thanks.... give me that man
that is not passion's slave, and I will wear him
in my heart's core, aye, in my heart of hearts
as I do thee...
x sophrosyne x temperantia
the goal is balance, not emotional suppression: every feeling has its value and significance.
life without passion would be a dull wasteland of neutrality, cut off and isolated from the richness of life itself.
- Daniel Goleman