Why then are miserable men in awe
When tyrants rage impotently?
If first you rid yourself of hope and fear
You have disarmed the tyrant's wrath:
But whosoever quakes in hope or fear,
Drifting or losing mastery,
Has cast away his shield, has left his place,
And holds the chain with which he will be held.
The Consolation of Philosophy
Pavia, 520 A.D.