50 Most Popular Boethius Quotes


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Boethius Quotes – Boethius was a senator and a consul of Roman. He was also philosopher and magister officiorum. The full name of Boethius was Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius. He entered the public service.

Under the Ostrogothic King, Boethius entered this service. But the King imprisoned Boethius and sent him to jail on the charges of conspiracy. When Boethius was in jail, he composed his philosophy.


He composed the Consolation of Philosophy. This philosophy was based on death, fortune and several other issues of life. This philosophy of Boethius became very popular in the Middle Ages. He was also the author of many books. Boethius also translated many things about Aristotle and Plato.

The philosophies of Boethius inspired people. For you, we have some famous Boethius quotes. These quotes might give you inspiration about life, and you will get more knowledge about death, fortune, and other life issues.

50 Best Boethius Quotes


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2.”It’s my belief that history is a wheel. ‘Inconstancy is my very essence,’? says the wheel. Rise up on my spokes if you like but don’t complain when you’re cast back down into the depths. Good times pass away, but then so do the bad. Mutability is our tragedy, but it’s also our hope. The worst of times, like the best, are always passing away.”  -Boethius

3.”Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it.”  -Boethius


4.”Balance out the good things and the bad that have happened in your life and you will have to acknowledge that you are still way ahead. You are unhappy because you have lost those things in which you took pleasure? But you can also take comfort in the likelihood that what is now making you miserable will also pass away.” -Boethius

5.”Music is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free from it – even if we so desired.”   -Boethius

6.”All fortune is good fortune; for it either rewards, disciplines, amends, or punishes, and so is either useful or just.” -Boethius

7.”One’s virtue is all that one truly has, because it is not imperiled by the vicissitudes of fortune.”-Boethius

8.”If there is a God, whence proceed so many evils? If there is no God, whence cometh any good?.”-Boethius

9.”Wretched men cringe before tyrants who have no power, the victims of their trivial hopes and fears. They do not realise that anger is hopeless, fear is pointless and desire all a delusion. He whose heart is fickle is not his own master, has thrown away his shield, deserted his post, and he forges the links of the chain that holds him.”  -Boethius

10.”In every kind of adversity, the bitterest part of a man’s affliction is to remember that he once was happy.”  -Boethius

11.”So it follows that those who have reason have freedom to will or not to will, although this freedom is not equal in all of them. […] human souls are more free when they persevere in the contemplation of the mind of God, less free when they descend to the corporeal, and even less free when they are entirely imprisoned in earthly flesh and blood.”-Boethius

12.”Nothing is miserable unless you think it so.” -Boethius

13.”A man content to go to heaven alone will never go to heaven.” -Boethius

14.”He who has calmly reconciled his life to fate, and set proud death beneath his feet, can look fortune in the face, unbending both to good and bad; his countenance unconquered.”  -Boethius

15.”In other living creatures the ignorance of themselves is nature, but in men it is a vice.”  -Boethius

16.”A person is an individual substance of a rational nature.”  -Boethius

17.”Inconsistency is my very essence; it is the game I never cease to play as I turn my wheel in its ever changing circle, filled with joy as I bring the top to the bottom and the bottom to the top.”   -Boethius

18.”As far as possible, join faith to reason.”-Boethius

19.”You know when you have found your prince because you not only have a smile on your face but in your heart as well. Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart. Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.”  -Boethius

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21.”I who once wrote songs with keen delight am now by sorrow driven to take up melancholy measures. Wounded Muses tell me what I must write, and elegiac verses bathe my face with real tears. Not even terror could drive from me these faithful companions of my long journey. Poetry, which was once the glory of my happy and flourishing youth, is still my comfort in this misery of my old age.”-Boethius

22.”Love has three kinds of origin, namely: suffering, friendship and love. A human love has a corporal and intellectual origin.”-Boethius

23.”I scarcely know the meaning of your question; much less can I answer it.”   -Boethius

24.”No man can ever be secure until he has been forsaken by Fortune.”  -Boethius

25.”So nothing is ever good or bad unless you think it so, and vice versa. All luck is good luck to the man who bears it with equanimity.”-Boethius

26.”Nunc fluens facit tempus,nunc stans facit aeternitatum.(The now that passes produces time, the now that remains produces eternity.)”   -Boethius

27.”Good men seek it by the natural means of the virtues; evil men, however, try to achieve the same goal by a variety of concupiscences, and that is surely an unnatural way of seeking the good. Don’t you agree?” -Boethius

28.”Contemplate the extent and stability of the heavens, and then at last cease to admire worthless things.”-Boethius

29.”Music is part of us, and either ennobles or degrades our behavior.”  -Boethius

30.”For in every ill-turn of fortune the most unhappy sort of unfortunate man is the one who has been happy.”  -Boethius

31.”The good is the end toward which all things tend.”  -Boethius

32.”Man is so constituted that he then only excels other things when he knows himself.”-Boethius

33.”Every man must be content with that glory which he may have at home.”-Boethius

34.”Whose happiness is so firmly established that he has no quarrel from any side with his estate of life?”-Boethius

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36.”He who has calmly reconciled his life to fate … can look fortune in the face.” -Boethius

37.”And no renown can render you well-known:

For if you think that fame can lengthen life.”-Boethius

38.”By mortal famousness immortalized.”-Boethius

39.”The day will come that takes your fame as well,

And there a second death for you awaits.”-Boethius

40.”The science of numbers ought to be preferred as an acquisition before all others, because of its necessity and because of the great secrets and other mysteries which there are in the properties of numbers. All sciences partake of it, and it has need of none.”-Boethius

41.”Give me Thy light, and fix my eyes on Thee!”  -Boethius

42.”In omni adversitate fortunæ, infelicissimum genus est infortunii fuisse felicem In every adversity of fortune, to have been happy is the most unhappy kind of misfortune.”-Boethius

43.”If there is anything good about nobility it is that it enforces the necessity of avoiding degeneracy.”   -Boethius

44.”For in all adversity of fortune the worst sort of misery is to have been happy.”   -Boethius

45.”A man content to go to heaven alone will never go to heaven.”-Boethius

46.”Nothing is miserable but what is thought so, and contrariwise, every estate is happy if he that bears it be content.”-Boethius

47.”…Whose souls, albeit in a cloudy memory, yet seek back their good, but, like drunk men, know not the road home.”-Boethius

48.”Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.”-Boethius

49.”Music is part of us, and either ennobles or degrades our behavior.”-Boethius

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There are a lot of good as well as big things in life. Some things make us happy, and some make us sad. In all these good and bad moments, one thing must be kept in mind.

Maintaining balance is very important in life. Balance is necessary to move life on the right track. When you learn to balance the good and bad things in life, you know about life’s real meaning.

“If there is a God, whence proceed so many evils? If there is no God, whence cometh any good?”-Boethius

Many times, we are unhappy with many things. It is because we lost those things from which we get happiness. But when you learn to create balance in life, then you will no longer be unhappy.

You will then learn that the things that will make you miserable pass away. By reading the quotes of Boethius, you might get inspired. You will learn how to create that balance in your life. Do not forget to like, share and comment on these Boethius quotes.