Happy is the man who can make others better…

Happy is the man who can make others better, not merely when he is in their company, but even when he is in their thoughts!

Seneca, Letters, XI.9

O felicem illum, qui non praesens tantum,

sed etiam cogitatus emendat!

Seneca, a Roman Stoic Philosopher, in his Letter XI recommends that one imagines their own actions under the observation of a respected and virtuous man. But more than that, he imagines that you yourself should improve others even when you are absent by being in their thoughts.

Seneca pondering virtue.
Seneca perhaps pondering the virtuous man. Actual painting of Archimedes by Nicolo Barabino (1832-1891).
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