Marcus Aurelius

Born: April 26, 121

Die: March 17, 180

Occupation: Roman emperor

Quotes of Marcus Aurelius

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Be not as one that hath ten thousand years to live; death is nigh at hand: while thou livest, while thou hast time, be good.

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Remember how often you have postponed minding your interest, and let slip those opportunities the gods have given you. It is now high time to consider what sort of world you are part of, and from what...

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No one loses any other life than the one he now lives, nor does one live any other life than that which he will lose.

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Do what you will. Even if you tear yourself apart, most people will continue doing the same things.

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Everything - a horse, a vine - is created for some duty... For what task, then, were you yourself created?

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Dig within. There lies the wellspring of good.

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In man's life, time is but a moment; being, a flux; sense is dim; the material frame corruptible; soul, an eddy of breath; fortune a thing inscrutable, and fame precarious.

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As for life, it is a battle and a sojourning in a strange land; but the fame that comes after is oblivion.

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Life is a warfare and a stranger's sojourn, and after fame is oblivion.

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If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception...

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Regain your senses, call yourself back, and once again wake up. Now that you realize that only dreams were troubling you, view this 'reality' as you view your dreams.

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Receive without conceit, release without struggle.

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Humans have come into being for the sake of each other, so either teach them, or learn to bear them.

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How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at anything which happens in life

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Letting go all else, cling to the following few truths. Remember that man lives only in the present, in this fleeting instant: all the rest of his life is either past and gone, or not yet revealed. This...

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No one can lose either the past or the future - how could anyone be deprived of what he does not possess? ... It is only the present moment of which either stands to be deprived: and if this is all he...

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Failure to read what is happening in another's soul is not easily seen as a cause of unhappiness: but those who fail to attend the motions of their own soul are necessarily unhappy.

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Most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you'll have more time, and more tranquillity. Ask yourself at every moment, 'Is this necessary?'

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A man should always have these two rules in readiness. First, to do only what the reason of your ruling and legislating faculties suggest for the service of man. Second, to change your opinion whenever...

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But if anything in thy own dispositiongives thee pain, who hinders thee from correcting thy opinion? And even if thou art pained because thou art not doing some particular thing which seems to thee to...

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Wilt thou, then, my soul, never be good and simple and one and naked, more manifest than the body which surrounds thee?

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Since it is possible that thou mayest depart from life this very moment, regulate every act and thought accordingly. But to go away from among men, if there are gods, is not a thing to be afraid of, for...

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Constantly regard the universe as one living being, having one substance and one soul; and observe how all things have reference to one perception, the perception of this one living being; and how all...

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He who fears death either fears the loss of sensation or a different kind of sensation. But if thou shalt have no sensation, neither wilt thou feel any harm; and if thou shalt acquire another kind of sensation,...

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You don't have to turn this into something. It doesn't have to upset you. Things can't shape our decisions by themselves.

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No matter what anyone says or does, my task is to be emerald, my color undiminished.

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The world is nothing but change, our life is only perception.

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Don't be ashamed to need help. Like a soldier storming a wall, you have a mission to accomplish. And if you've been wounded and you need a comrade to pull you up? So what?

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Now departure from the world of men is nothing to fear, if gods exist: because they would not involve you in any harm. If they do not exist, or if they have no care for humankind, then what is life to...

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There is a limit circumscribed to your time – if you do not use it to clear away your clouds, it will be gone, and you will be gone, and the opportunity will not return

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All is as thinking makes it so

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Men exist for each other. Then either improve them, or put up with them.

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How barbarous, to deny men the privilege of pursuing what they imagine to be their proper concerns and interests! Yet, in a sense, this is just what you are doing when you allow your indignation to rise...

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Because a thing is difficult for you, do not therefore suppose it to be beyond mortal power. On the contrary, if anything is possible and proper for man to do, assume that it must fall within your own...

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Glory arrives too late when it comes only to one's ashes

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Leave other people's mistakes where they lie.

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Light may earth's crumbling sand be laid on thee, that dogs may dig thy bones up easily

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The man who has a house everywhere has a home nowhere

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What is not good for the swarm is not good for the bee.

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As the same fire assumes different shapes When it consumes objects differing in shape, So does the one Self take the shape Of every creature in whom he is present.

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Receive wealth or prosperity without arrogance; and be ready to let it go.

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Think not disdainfully of death, but look on it with favor; for even death is one of the things that Nature wills.

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It is man's peculiar duty to love even those who wrong him.

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Search men's governing principles, and consider the wise, what they shun and what they cleave to.

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Know the joy of life by piling good deed on good deed until no rift or cranny appears between them.

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The longest-lived and the shortest-lived man, when they come to die, lose one and the same thing.

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What we do now echoes in eternity.

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It is not the actions of others which trouble us (for those actions are controlled by their governing part), but rather it is our own judgments. Therefore remove those judgments and resolve to let go of...

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In the morning when thou risest unwillingly, let this thought be present - I am rising to the work of a human being. Why then am I dissatisfied if I am going to do the things for which I exist and for...

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Men seek out retreats for themselves in the country, by the seaside, on the moutains . . . But all this is unphilosophical to the last degree . . . when thou canst at a moment's notice retire into thyself.

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We are the other of the other

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Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

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When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

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Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.

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Confine yourself to the present.

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You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

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The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.

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The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

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The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.

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Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.

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Our life is what our thoughts make it.

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It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.

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Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.

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Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.

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The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.

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Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.

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Do every act of your life as if it were your last.

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How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.

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How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.

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I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than on the opinions of others.

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A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which...

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Poverty is the mother of crime.

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Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that you shall live.

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Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.

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A man's worth is no greater than his ambitions.

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He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.

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Everything that happens happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so.

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If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.

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Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.

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Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.

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The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.

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Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.

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Be content with what you are, and wish not change; nor dread your last day, nor long for it.

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Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.

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That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees.

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Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live.

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The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away.

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A man should be upright, not be kept upright.

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Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.

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Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.

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Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.

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Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.

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Tomorrow is nothing, today is too late; the good lived yesterday.

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Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass...

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To live happily is an inward power of the soul.

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Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.

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Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.

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The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious.

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Anger cannot be dishonest.

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To understand the true quality of people, you must look into their minds, and examine their pursuits and aversions.

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Be content to seem what you really are.

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Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else.

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To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution.

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We are too much accustomed to attribute to a single cause that which is the product of several, and the majority of our controversies come from that.

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We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne.

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To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.

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Each day provides its own gifts.

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There is nothing happens to any person but what was in his power to go through with.

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Begin - to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.

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Men exist for the sake of one another.

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And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last.

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Death, like birth, is a secret of Nature.

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What springs from earth dissolves to earth again, and heaven-born things fly to their native seat.

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Whatever the universal nature assigns to any man at any time is for the good of that man at that time.

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Perhaps there are none more lazy, or more truly ignorant, than your everlasting readers.

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You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long.

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Here is the rule to remember in the future, When anything tempts you to be bitter: not, 'This is a misfortune' but 'To bear this worthily is good fortune.'

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The act of dying is one of the acts of life.

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Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.

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Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.

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When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man's life.

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The universal order and the personal order are nothing but different expressions and manifestations of a common underlying principle.

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Each thing is of like form from everlasting and comes round again in its cycle.

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Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise.

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Death is a release from the impressions of the senses, and from desires that make us their puppets, and from the vagaries of the mind, and from the hard service of the flesh.

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Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things...

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Let it be your constant method to look into the design of people's actions, and see what they would be at, as often as it is practicable; and to make this custom the more significant, practice it first...

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Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it... Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle.

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A man's true greatness lies in the consciousness of an honest purpose in life, founded on a just estimate of himself and everything else, on frequent self-examinations, and a steady obedience to the rule...

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No man is happy who does not think himself so.

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Do not act as if you were going to live ten thousand years. Death hangs over you. While you live, while it is in your power, be good.

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Whoever does wrong, wrongs himself; whoever does injustice, does it to himself, making himself evil.

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Everything is banal in experience, fleeting in duration, sordid in content; in all respects the same today as generations now dead and buried have found it to be.

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Think of what you have rather than of what you lack. Of the things you have, select the best and then reflect how eagerly you would have sought them if you did not have them.

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Whatever may happen to you was prepared for you from all eternity; and the implication of causes was from eternity spinning the thread of your being.

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One universe made up all that is; and one God in it all, and one principle of being, and one law, the reason shared by all thinking creatures, and one truth.

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The most complete revenge is not to imitate the aggressor.

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The true worth of a man is to be measured by the objects he pursues.

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Adapt yourself to the life you have been given; and truly love the people with whom destiny has surrounded you.

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Can anything that is useful be accomplished without change?

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Either an ordered Universe or a medley heaped together mechanically but still an order; or can order subsist in you and disorder in the Whole! And that, too, when all things are so distinguished and yet...

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The passing minute is every man's equal possession but what has once gone by is not ours.

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Give thyself time to learn something new and good, and cease to be whirled around.

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In an expression of true gratitude, sadness is conspicuous only by its absence

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Reflect often upon the rapidity with which all existing things, or things coming into existence, sweep past us and are carried away.

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Such as are thy habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of thy mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.

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Remember this-that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.

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Live not one's life as though one had a thousand years, but live each day as the last.

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Tranquility is nothing else than the good ordering of the mind.

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Keep constantly in mind in how many things you yourself have witnessed changes already. The universe is change, life is understanding.

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Observe constantly that all things take place by change.

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You exist but as a part inherent in a greater whole. Do not live as though you had a thousand years before you. The common due impends; while you live, and while you may, be good.

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The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing, in so far as it stands ready against the accidental and the unforeseen, and is not apt to fall.

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Our anger and annoyance are more detrimental to us than the things themselves which anger or annoy us.

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Where a man can live, he can also live well.

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Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.

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He who has seen present things has seen all, both everything which has taken place from all eternity and everything which will be for time without end; for all things are of one kin and of one form.

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The whole universe is change and life itself is but what you deem it

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Remember that all things are only opinion and that it is in your power to think as you please.

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It is not the body, nor the personality that is the true self. The true self is eternal. Even on the point of death we can say to ourselves, "my true self is free. I cannot be contained."

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The offender needs pity, not wrath; those who must needs be corrected, should be treated with tact and gentleness; and one must be always ready to learn better. 'The best kind of revenge is, not to become...

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Cinna wishes to seem poor, and is poor

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To no man make yourself a boon companion: Your joy will be less but less will be your grief

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He does not write at all whose poems no man reads

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As for literature, thefts cannot harm it, while the lapse of ages augments its value

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Look beneath the surface; let not the several quality of a thing nor its worth escape thee.

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A little flesh, a little breath, and a Reason to rule all - that is myself.

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In this flowing stream, then, on which there is no abiding, what is there of the things which hurry by on which a man would set a high price? It would be just as if a man should fall in love with one of...

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Nothing that goes on in anyone else's mind can harm you.

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Don't go on discussing what a good person should be. Just be one.

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Take me and cast me where you will; I shall still be possessor of the divinity within me, serene and content.

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As surgeons keep their instruments and knives always at hand for cases requiring immediate treatment, so shouldst thou have thy thoughts ready to understand things divine and human, remembering in thy...

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So you know how things stand. Now forget what they think of you. Be satisfied if you can live the rest of your life, however short, as your nature demands. Focus on that, and don't let anything distract...

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Do not fear death, but welcome it, since it too comes from nature. For just as we are young and grow old, and flourish and reach maturity, have teeth and a beard and grey hairs, conceive, become pregnant,...

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If you do the task before you always adhering to strict reason with zeal and energy and yet with humanity, disregarding all lesser ends and keeping the divinity within you pure and upright, as though you...

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All things of the body stream away like a river, all things of the mind are dreams and delusion; life is warfare, and a visit to a strange land; the only lasting fame is oblivion.

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All things fade and quickly turn to myth.

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The best way of avenging thyself is not to become like the wrong-doer.

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If someone can prove me wrong and show me my mistake in any thought or action, I shall gladly change. I seek the truth, which never harmed anyone: the harm is to persist in one's own self-deception and...

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The constant recollection of death is the test of human conduct.

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The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.

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Observe the movements of the stars as if you were running their courses with them, and let your mind constantly dwell on the changes of the elements into each other. Such imaginings wash away the filth...

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When another blames you or hates you, or people voice similar criticisms, go to their souls, penetrate inside and see what sort of people they are. You will realize that there is no need to be racked with...

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Are you distracted by outward cares? Then allow yourself a space of quiet wherein you can add to your knowledge of the Good and learn to curb your restlessness. Nowhere can a man find a quieter or more...

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Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness – all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is...

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If anyone can refute me-show me I'm making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective-I'l l gladly change. It's the truth I'm after, and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to...

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Man must be arched and buttressed from within, else the temple wavers to the dust.

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Think on this doctrine,-that reasoning beings were created for one another's sake; that to be patient is a branch of justice, and that men sin without intending it.

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The whole universe is change and life itself is but what you deem it - either gratefully better than or bitterly worse than something else that you alone choose.

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If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgement of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgement now.

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All that is harmony for you, my Universe, is in harmony with me as well. Nothing that comes at the right time for you is too early or too late for me. Everything is fruit to me that your seasons bring,...

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Why do we shrink from change? What can come into being save by change?

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Everything is only for a day ... the universe loves nothing so much as to change things.

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This is the chief thing: be not perturbed, for all things are according to the nature of the universal.

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Not to waste time on nonsense. Not to be taken in by conjurors and hoodoo artists with their talk about incantations and exorcism and all the rest of it. Not to be obsessed with quail-fighting or other...

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I am an old man and have had many worries, but most have never come to pass.

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When pain is unbearable it destroys us; when it does not it is bearable.

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Do not expect Plato's ideal republic; be satisfied with even the smallest step forward, and consider this no small achievement.

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Find joy in simplicity, self-respect, and indifference to what lies between virtue and vice. Love the human race. Follow the divine.

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Change your attitude to the things that bother you and you will be aware of them.

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What does not benefit the hive is no benefit to the bee.

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It is within our power not to make a judgement about something, and so not disturb our minds; for nothing in itself possesses the power to form our judgements.

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A man should remove not only unnecessary acts, but also unnecessary thoughts, for then superfluous activity will not follow.

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Submit to the fate of your own free will.

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When you are offended at anyone's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. By attending to them, you will forget your anger and learn to live wisely.

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Everything is ephemeral, both that which remembers and that which is remembered.

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Take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.

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Nothing is evil which is according to nature.

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If any man despises me, that is his problem. My only concern is not doing or saying anything deserving of contempt.

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Let your one delight and refreshment be to pass from one service to the community to another, with God ever in mind.

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No form of nature is inferior to art; for the arts merely imitate natural forms. - Variant: There is no nature which is inferior to art, the arts imitate the nature of things.

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Nothing befalls a man except what is in his nature to endure.

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If unwilling to rise in the morning, say to thyself, 'I awake to do the work of a man.'

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He who eats my bread, does my will.

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The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts.

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Marcus Aurelius

A man's life is what his thoughts make of it.

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The time is at hand when you will have forgotten everything; and the time is at hand when all will have forgotten you. Always reflect that soon you will be no one, and nowhere.

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By a tranquil mind, I mean nothing else than a mind well ordered.

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I cannot comprehend how any man can want anything but the truth.

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Marcus Aurelius

Do not act as if you had a thousand years to live.

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Hast thou reason? I have. Why then dost not thou use it? For if this does its own work, what else dost thou wish?

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Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. Soak it then in such trains of thoughts as, for example: Where life is possible at all, a right life...

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Marcus Aurelius

It is a shameful thing for the soul to faint while the body still perseveres.

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Does what's happened keep you from acting with justice, generosity, self-control, sanity, prudence, honesty, humility, straightforward ness, and all other qualities that allow a person's nature to fulfill...

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Marcus Aurelius

When you need encouragement, think of the qualities the people around you have: this one's energy, that one's modesty, another's generosity, and so on. Nothing is as encouraging as when virtues are visibly...

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Or is it your reputation that's bothering you? But look at how soon we're all forgotten. The abyss of endless time that swallows it all. The emptiness of those applauding hands. The people who praise us;...

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Marcus Aurelius

Consider frequently the connection of all things in the universe and their relation to one another. For things are somehow implicated with one another, and all in a way friendly to one another.

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Marcus Aurelius

Your time has a limit set to it. Use it, then, to advance your enlightenment; or it will be gone, and never in your power again.

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Both happiness and unhappiness depend on perception

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Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be, become one yourself!

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Imagine you were now dead, or had not lived before his moment. Now view the rest of your life as a bonus....

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Things themselves cannot touch the soul, not in the least degree, nor have they admission to the soul nor can they turn or move the soul: it turns and moves itself alone and whatever judgment it may think...

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How soon will time cover all things.

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The blazing fire makes flames and brightness out of everything thrown into it.

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Put from you the belief that 'I have been wronged', and with it will go the feeling. Reject your sense of injury, and the injury itself disappears.

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To them that ask: Where hast thou seen the Gods, or how knowest thou certainly that there be Gods, that thou art so devout in their worship? I answer: Neither have I seen my own soul, and yet I respect...

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Marcus Aurelius

Death smiles at us all, all a man can do is smile back.

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Think of all the years passed by in which you said to yourself "I'll do it tomorrow," and how the gods have again and again granted you periods of grace of which you have not availed yourself. It is time...

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Mark how fleeting and paltry is the estate of man-yesterday in embryo, tomorrow a mummy or ashes. So for the hairsbreadth of time assigned to thee, live rationally, and part with life cheerfully, as drops...

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Every moment think steadily as a Roman and a man to do what thou hast in hand with perfect and simple dignity, and feeling of affection, and freedom, and justice; and to give thyself relief from all other...

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Marcus Aurelius

Misfortune nobly born is good fortune.

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Do not waste what remains of your life in speculating about your neighbors, unless with a view to some mutual benefit. To wonder what so-and-so is doing and why, or what he is saying, or thinking, or scheming...

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As for others whose lives are not so ordered, he reminds himself constantly of the characters they exhibit daily and nightly at home and abroad, and of the sort of society they frequent; and the approval...

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Marcus Aurelius

The honest and good man ought to be exactly like a man who smells strong, so that the bystander as soon as he comes near him must smell whether he choose or not.

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Marcus Aurelius

He who does wrong does wrong against himself. He who acts unjustly acts unjustly to himself, because he makes himself bad.

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Be not careless in deeds, nor confused in words, nor rambling in thought.

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Marcus Aurelius

Alexander the Great and his mule driver both died and the same thing happened to both.

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It is the act of a madman to pursue impossibilities .

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Today I escaped all circumstance, or rather I cast out all circumstance, for it was not outside me, but within my judgements.

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Marcus Aurelius

Everything that happens either happens in such a way as you are formed by nature to bear it, or as you are not formed by nature to bear it.

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Marcus Aurelius

Every man's life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain.

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Marcus Aurelius

Death hangs over thee, While thou still live, while thou may, do good.

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A good disposition is invincible, if it be genuine.

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Marcus Aurelius

Look to nothing, not even for a moment except to reason.

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From my grandfather's father, I learned to dispense with attendance at public schools, and to enjoy good teachers at home, and to recognize that on such things money should be eagerly spent.

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How powerful is man! He is able to do all that God wishes him to do. He is able to accept all that God sends upon him.

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Observe and contemplate on the hidden things of life: how a man's seed is but the beginning, it takes others to bring it to fruition. Think how food undergoes such changes to produce health and strength....

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When we consider we are bound to be serviceable to mankind, and bear with their faults, we shall perceive there is a common tie of nature and relation between us.

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When men are inhuman, take care not to feel towards them as they do towards other humans.

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Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.

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No longer talk at all about the kind of man that a good man ought to be, but be such

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Which is recorded of Socrates, that he was able both to abstain from, and to enjoy, those things which many are too weak to abstain from, and cannot enjoy without excess. But to be strong enough both to...

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Marcus Aurelius

Remember that what pulls the strings is the force hidden within; there lies the power to persuade, there the life - there, if one must speak out, the real man.

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It is in your power to withdraw yourself whenever you desire. Perfect tranquility within consists in the good ordering of the mind, the realm of your own.

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Marcus Aurelius

To live each day as though one's last, never flustered, never apathetic, never attitudinizing - here is the perfection of character.

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Marcus Aurelius

This is moral perfection: to live each day as though it were the last; to be tranquil, sincere, yet not indifferent to one's fate.

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When force of circumstance upsets your equanimity lose no time in recovering your self-control, and do not remain out of tune longer than you can help. Habitual recurrence to the harmony will increase...

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Marcus Aurelius

A wrongdoer is often a man who has left something undone, not always one who has done something.

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Marcus Aurelius

I was once a fortunate man but at some point fortune abandoned me. But true good fortune is what you make for yourself. Good fortune: good character, good intentions, and good actions.

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Marcus Aurelius

Everything is interwoven, and the web is holy.

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The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject.

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Love only what befalls you and is spun for you by fate.

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The body of an actor can be either his best friend or his worst enemy.

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Always bear this in mind, that very little indeed is necessary for living a happy life.

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Live each day as if it be your last.

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Marcus Aurelius

Your life is an expression of all your thoughts.

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Marcus Aurelius

Run down the list of those who felt intense anger at something: the most famous, the most unfortunate, the most hated, the most whatever: Where is all that now? Smoke, dust, legend...or not even a legend....

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Marcus Aurelius

Dig inside. Inside is the fountain of good, and it will forever flow, if you will forever dig.

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Just as nature takes every obstacle, every impediment, and works around it--turns it to its purposes, incorporates it into itself, so, too, a rational being can turn each setback into raw material and...

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Marcus Aurelius

Without a purpose, nothing should be done.

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While you live, while it is in your power, be good.

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All men are made one for another: either then teach them better or bear with them.

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Marcus Aurelius

Everything is interwoven, and the web is holy; none of its parts are unconnected. They are composed harmoniously, and together - they compose the world.

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Marcus Aurelius

Remember that man lives only in the present, in this fleeting instant; all the rest of his life is either past and gone, or not yet revealed.

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Remember that even if you were to live for three thousand years, or thirty thousand, you could not lose any other life than the one you have, and there will be no other life after it. So the longest and...

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Marcus Aurelius

Do not think that what is hard for you to master is humanly impossible; but if a thing is humanly possible, consider it to be within your reach.

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Marcus Aurelius

The universe is transformation: life is opinion.

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Welcome every experience the looms of fate may weave for you...

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Marcus Aurelius

Look within, for within is the wellspring of virtue, which will not cease flowing, if you cease not from digging.

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Marcus Aurelius

Withdraw to the untroubled quietude deep within the soul, and refresh yourself.

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Marcus Aurelius

A man must stand erect, not be kept erect by others.

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Marcus Aurelius

What we do in life ripples in eternity.

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Be like the cliff against which the waves continually break; but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it.

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Marcus Aurelius

Give your heart to the trade you have learnt, and draw refreshment from it. Let the rest of your days be spent as one who has whole-heartedly committed his all to the gods and is thenceforth no man's master...

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Marcus Aurelius

Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours.

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Marcus Aurelius

Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.

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Marcus Aurelius

Short is the little time which remains to thee of life. Live as on a mountain.

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Marcus Aurelius

All things are in the act of change; thou thyself in ceaseless transformation and partial decay, and the whole universe with thee.

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Marcus Aurelius

Let no act be done without purpose.

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All is Ephemeral, fame and the famous as well.

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For nowhere either with more quiet or more freedom from trouble does a man retire than into his own soul, particularly when he has within him such thoughts that by looking into them he is immediately in...

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And in the case of superior things like stars, we discover a kind of unity in separation. The higher we rise on the scale of being, the easier it is to discern a connection even among things separated...

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Marcus Aurelius

That which has died falls not out of the universe. If it stays here, it also changes here, and is dissolved into its proper parts, which are elements of the universe and of thyself. And these too change,...

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Marcus Aurelius

‎"Begin the morning by saying to thyself, I shall meet with the busy-body, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, unsocial

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Marcus Aurelius

The happiness of those who want to be popular depends on others; the happiness of those who seek pleasure fluctuates with moods outside their control; but the happiness of the wise grows out of their own...

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Marcus Aurelius

It is the responsibility of leadership to work intelligently with what is given, and not waste time fantasizing about a world of flawless people and perfect choices.

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Marcus Aurelius

The world is mere change, and this life, opinion.

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Marcus Aurelius

It is a ridiculous thing for a man not to fly from his own badness, which is indeed possible, but to fly from other men's badness, which is impossible.

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Marcus Aurelius

Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.

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Marcus Aurelius

Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now, take what's left and live it properly. What doesn't transmit light creates its own darkness.

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Marcus Aurelius

How ridiculous not to flee from one's own wickedness, which is possible, yet endeavor to flee from another's which is not.

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Marcus Aurelius

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.

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Marcus Aurelius

Observe always that everything is the result of change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and make new ones like them.

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Accustom yourself not to be disregarding of what someone else has to say: as far as possible enter into the mind of the speaker.

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For outward show is a wonderful perverter of the reason.

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For it is in your power to retire into yourself whenever you choose.

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Neither worse then or better is a thing made by being praised.

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Marcus Aurelius

What we cannot bear removes us from life; what remains can be borne.

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Marcus Aurelius

The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.

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Marcus Aurelius

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.

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He is a true fugitive who flies from reason.

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Marcus Aurelius

Frequently consider the connection of all things in the universe. .. We should not say 'I am an Athenian' or 'I am a Roman' but 'I am a citizen of the Universe.

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Marcus Aurelius

Life is a stranger's sojourn, a night at an inn.

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The memory of everything is very soon overwhelmed in time.

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Marcus Aurelius

Snow endures but for a season, and joy comes with the morning.

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Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it.

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You are making an inopportune rejection of what Nature has given you today, if all your mind is set on what men will say of you tomorrow.

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Marcus Aurelius

I, who have never willfully pained another, have no business to pain myself.

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Marcus Aurelius

Be like the rocky headland on which the waves constantly break. It stands firm, and round it the seething waters are laid to rest.

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If you separate from . . . everything you have done in the past, everything that disturbs you about the future . . . and apply yourself to living the life that you are living-that is to say, the present-you...

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Marcus Aurelius

Bear in mind that the measure of a man is the worth of the things he cares about.

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In the end, what would you gain from everlasting remembrance? Absolutely nothing. So what is left worth living for? This alone: justice in thought, goodness in action, speech that cannot deceive, and a...

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Marcus Aurelius

The wise man sees in the misfortune of others what he should avoid.

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Marcus Aurelius

You are a little soul carrying about a corpse, as Epictetus used to say.

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Marcus Aurelius

Accept whatever comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny, for what could more aptly fit your needs?

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In the life of a man, his time is but a moment, his being an incessant flux, his sense a dim rushlight, his body a prey of worms, his soul an unquiet eddy, his fortune dark, his fame doubtful. In short,...

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Marcus Aurelius

If you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life, and stop being aimless, stop letting your emotions override what your mind tells you, stop being hypocritical, self-centered,...

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Marcus Aurelius

Nothing proceeds from nothingness, as also nothing passes away into non-existence.

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Marcus Aurelius

There is change in all things. You yourself are subject to continual change and some decay, and this is common to the entire universe.

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Never forget that the universe is a single living organism possessed of one substance and one soul, holding all things suspended in a single consciousness and creating all things with a single purpose...

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Think of the universal substance, of which thou has a very small portion; and of universal time, of which a short and indivisible interval has been assigned to thee; and of that which is fixed by destiny,...

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Marcus Aurelius

You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can't control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them...

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Marcus Aurelius

Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?

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Marcus Aurelius

Is your cucumber bitter? Throw it away. Are there briars in your path? Turn aside. That is enough. Do not go on and say, "Why were things of this sort ever brought into this world?" neither intolerable...

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Marcus Aurelius

Stop whatever you're doing for a moment and ask yourself: Am I afraid of death because I won't be able to do this anymore?

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Marcus Aurelius

Your task is to stand straight; not to be held straight.

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Marcus Aurelius

Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretence.

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How easy it is to repel and release every impression which is troublesome and immediately to be tranquil.

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Do not be ashamed of help.

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Every living organism is fulfilled when it follows the right path for its own nature.

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Though you break your heart, men will go on as before.

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A person's worth is measured by the worth of what he values.

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Live out your life in truth and justice, tolerant of those who are neither true nor just.

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Marcus Aurelius

As far as you can, get into the habit of asking yourself in relation to any action taken by another: "What is his point of reference here?" But begin with yourself: examine yourself first.

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Is any man afraid of change? Why what can take place without change? What then is more pleasing or more suitable to the universal nature?

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Marcus Aurelius

The universe is in change, life is an opinion.

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Take it that you have died today, and your life's story is ended; and henceforward regard what future time may be given you as uncovenanted surplus, and live it out in harmony with nature.

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Vex not thy spirit at the course of things; they heed not thy vexation. How ludicrous and outlandish is astonishment at anything that may happen in life.

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Were you to live three thousand years, or even thirty thousand, remember that the sole life which a man can lose is that which he is living at the moment; and furthermore, that he can have no other life...

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Marcus Aurelius

Is your cucumber bitter? Throw it away. Are there briars in your path? Turn aside. That is enough. Do not go on and ay, 'Why were things of this sort ever brought into the world?'

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Marcus Aurelius

Deem not life a thing of consequence. For look at the yawning void of the future, and at that other limitless space, the past.

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A person's life is dyed with the color of his imagination.

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Let thine occupations be few, saith the sage, if thou wouldst lead a tranquil life.

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Marcus Aurelius

Just as the sand-dunes, heaped one upon another, hide each the first, so in life the former deeds are quickly hidden by those that follow after.

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Spend your brief moment according to nature's law, and serenely greet the journey's end as an olive falls when it is ripe, blessing the branch that bare it, and giving thanks to the tree that gave it life.

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At day's first light have in readiness, against disinclination to leave your bed, the thought that "I am rising for the work of man."

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Marcus Aurelius

Frequently consider the connection of all things in the universe.

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The noblest kind of retribution is not to become like your enemy.

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I seek the truth...it is only persistence in self-delusion and ignorance that does harm.

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If any man can convince me and bring home to me that which I do not think or act aright, gladly will I change; for I search after truth, by which man never yet was harmed. But he is harmed who abideth...

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Marcus Aurelius

From the philosopher Catulus, never to be dismissive of a friend's accusation, even if it seems unreasonable, but to make every effort to restore the relationship to its normal condition.

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That which is really beautiful has no need of anything; not more than law, not more than truth, not more than benevolence or modesty.

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Pass then through this little space of time conformably to nature, and end thy journey in content, just as an olive falls off when it is ripe, blessing nature who produced it, and thanking the tree on...

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Unhappy am I because this has happened to me.- Not so, but happy am I, though this has happened to me, because I continue free from pain, neither crushed by the present nor fearing the future.

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Art thou angry with him whose armpits stink? Art thou angry with him whose mouth smells foul?

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The happiness and unhappiness of the rational, social animal depends not on what he feels but on what he does; just as his virtue and vice consist not in feeling but in doing.

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Keep yourself simple, good, pure, serious, and unassuming; the friend of justice and godliness; kindly, affectionate, and resolute in your devotion to duty.

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Love the little trade which thou hast learned, and be content therewith.

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An angry look on the face is wholly against nature. If it be assumed frequently, beauty begins to perish, and in the end is quenched beyond rekindling.

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Take full account of what Excellencies you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.

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When you are annoyed at someone's mistake, immediately look at yourself and reflect how you also fail; for example, in thinking that good equals money, or pleasure, or a bit of fame. By being mindful of...

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Our life is what our thoughts make it. Do every act of your life as if it were your last. In a word, your life is short. You must make the most of the present with the aid of reason and justice. Since...

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Just consider, my friend, whether a pure spirit and virtue are anything other than saving your life and being saved. Perhaps we need to discard the idea of longevity and cease loving this life, instead...

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Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then...

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Why should anyone be afraid of change? What can take place without it? What can be more pleasing or more suitable to universal nature? Can you take your bath without the firewood undergoing a change?...

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"Sweep me up and send me where you please." For there I will retain my spirit, tranquil and content, as long as it can feel and act in harmony with its own nature. Is a change of place enough reason for...

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Marcus Aurelius

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.

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Whatever anyone does or says, I must be emerald and keep my colour.

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You have to assemble your life yourself - action by action.

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Stick to what's in front of you - idea, action, utterance.

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Don't let your imagination be crushed by life as a whole.

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The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.

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Choose not to be harmed and you won't feel harmed. Don't feel harmed and you haven't been.

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Say to yourself in the early morning: I shall meet today ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, uncharitable men. All of these things have come upon them through ignorance of real good and ill... I...

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A man's true delight is to do the things he was made for.

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