bernini1  colosseo

Considerate la vostra semenza:
fatti non foste a viver come bruti,
ma per seguir virtute e canoscenza

(Consider well the seed that gave you birth: you were not made to live as brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.)

[Dante Alighieri]

Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.

[W. Shakespeare]

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.