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Iain Abernethy
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The six mistakes of man

The six mistakes of man by Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC to 43BC):

1, The illusion that personal gain is made up of crushing others.

2, The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected.

3, Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it.

4, Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.

5, Neglecting development and refinements of the mind, and not acquiring the habit of reading and study.

6, Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.

(Numbers 1, 3, 4 and 6 suggest he may have practised the martial arts! :-)

Black Tiger
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Yes Iain

I like this, and I would agree with your side note


Mr P
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Cicero's summary of the six mistakes of man are indeed very profound and as applicable today as two thousand years ago. I can recognise being guilty of 2 to 5 myself.  Their is great food for thought there as we approach the time of the year when we think about new year resolutions.