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Da mihi Deus

serenitatem ut eis quae mutare non possim concedam

virtutem ut ea quae mutare possim mutem

et sapientiam ut iternoscam

It would seem that the vocative singular for deus is unattested in the classical period. During medieval times, deus was used for the vocative.

“The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected.” —Cicero, Six Mistakes of Man?

Ah...here’s all six:

  1. The delusion that individual advancement is made by crushing others.
  2. The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed.
  3. Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it.
  4. Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.
  5. Neglecting development and refinement of mind and not acquiring the habit of reading and study.
  6. Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.

I need to find the originals...

...although these rules are attributed to Cicero, it seems that noöne bothers to give a reference to an actual work by Cicero in which they appear. I’m beginning to question their provenance.