“O vitae Philosophia dux! O virtutum indagatrix expultrixque vitiorum! Unus dies, bene et ex praeceptis tuis actus, peccanti immortalitati est anteponendus”
“O philosophy, life’s guide! O searcher of virtues and expeller of vices! Just a single day lived well and according to your lessons is to be preferred to an eternity of errors.”
— Cicero, As quoted in Ben Franklin’s Autobiography.
As long as we take seriously that not all philosophies are created equal, nor compatible (for instance, all ethically honest philosophers, from Aristotle to Russel to Popper, take serious issue with that pro-totalitarian nut-job Plato), then I’d agree with this whole-heartedly. (Cicero himself needs to be read with a giant grain of salt.)
Now go lift something heavy,