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The Golden Verses Of The Stoic

Seneca and Epictetus refer to the Golden Verses of Pythagoras , which happens to provide a good framework for developing a daily routine, bookended by morning and evening contemplative practices. Zeno of Citium , who founded Stoicism in 301 BC, expressed his doctrines in notoriously terse arguments and concise maxims.  However, Chrysippus, the third head of the Stoic school, wrote over 700 books fleshing these ideas out and adding complex arguments to support them. 

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Mad as a Hatter

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MAD AS A HATTER is from 1829 as "demented," 1837 as "enraged," according to a modern theory supposedly from erratic behavior caused by prolonged exposure to poison mercuric nitrate, used in making felt hats. 

“I don't think..." 
"Then you shouldn't talk," said the Hatter.” 

Hatter: Have I gone mad?
Alice:   I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. 
            All the best people are.

I've been considering words that start with the letter M. Moron. Mutiny. Murder. Mmm-malice. ~HATTER