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Marcus Aurelius
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A good disposition is invincible, if it be genuine. Marcus Aurelius
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When men are inhuman, take care not to feel towards them as they do towards other humans. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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How ridiculous not to flee from one's own wickedness, which is possible, yet endeavor to flee from another's which is not. Marcus Aurelius
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Can anything that is useful be accomplished without change? Marcus Aurelius
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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." Marcus Aurelius
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Limit time to the present. Meditate upon your last hour. Marcus Aurelius
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Not even the vicissitudes of fortune are contrary to nature or to the providential ordering of the universe. It all flows from the gods, who determine what is needed for the welfare of the whole universe, of which you are a part. Marcus Aurelius
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Be mindful at all times of the following: the nature of the whole universe, the nature of the part that is me, the relation of the one to the other, the one so vast, the other so small. Marcus Aurelius
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He who fears death either fears to lose all sensation or fears new sensations. In reality, you will either feel nothing at all, and therefore nothing evil, or else, if you can feel any sensations, you will be a new creature, and so will not have ceased to have life. Marcus Aurelius
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The universal nature has no external space; but the wondrous part of her art is that though she has circumscribed herself, everything which is within her which appears to decay and to grow old and to be useless she changes into herself, and again makes other new things from these very same, so that she requires neither substance from without nor wants a place into which she may cast that which decays. She is content then with her own space, and her own matter, and her own art. Marcus Aurelius
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To her who gives and takes back all, to nature, the man who is instructed and modest says, Give what thou wilt; take back what thou wilt. And he says this not proudly, but obediently and well pleased with her. Marcus Aurelius
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When thou art offended at any man's fault, forthwith turn to thyself and reflect in what manner thou doest error thyself... For by attending to this thou wilt quickly forget thy anger, if this consideration is also added, that the man is compelled; for what else could he do? or, if thou art able, take away from him the compulsion. Marcus Aurelius
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That which comes after ever conforms to that which has gone before. Marcus Aurelius
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Constantly contemplate the whole of time and the whole of substance, and consider that all individual things as to substance are a grain of a fig, and as to time the turning of a gimlet . Marcus Aurelius
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Each day provides its own gifts. Marcus Aurelius
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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 upon yourself. Marcus Aurelius
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How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it. Marcus Aurelius
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Anger cannot be dishonest. Marcus Aurelius
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When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man's life. Marcus Aurelius
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Dig within. There lies the wellspring of good. Marcus Aurelius
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If you are pained by any external thing, it is not this that disturbs you, but your own judgment about it. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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Look to nothing, not even for a moment except to reason. Marcus Aurelius
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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 perfect tranquility; and I affirm that tranquility is nothing else than the good ordering of the mind. Marcus Aurelius
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How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at anything which happens in life Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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Search men's governing principles, and consider the wise, what they shun and what they cleave to. Marcus Aurelius
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The passing minute is every man's equal possession but what has once gone by is not ours. Marcus Aurelius
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Remember that to change your mind and follow him who sets you right is to be none the less free than you were before. Marcus Aurelius
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It were well to die if there be gods, and sad to live if there be none. Marcus Aurelius
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A good man does not spy around for the black spots in others, but presses unswervingly on towards his mark. Marcus Aurelius
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It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinions than our own. Marcus Aurelius
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I consist of a little body and a soul. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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Observe always that everything is the result of a change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and to make new ones like them. Marcus Aurelius
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If it is not right, do not do it, if it is not true, do not say it. For let thy efforts be - Marcus Aurelius
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Put it out of the power of truth to give you an ill character; and if anybody reports you not to be an honest man, let your practice give him the lie; and to make all sure, you should resolve to live no longer than you can live honestly; for it is better to be nothing than a knave. Marcus Aurelius
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Ambition means tying your well-being to what other people say or do. Self-indulgence means tying it to the things that happen to you. Sanity means tying it to your own actions. Marcus Aurelius
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I am called to man's labour; why then do I make a difficulty if I am going out to do what I was born to do and what I was brought into the world for? Marcus Aurelius
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Does the light of the lamp shine without losing its splendour until it is extinguished; and shall the truth which is in thee and justice and temperance be extinguished before thy death? Marcus Aurelius
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...small too even the longest fame thereafter, which is itself subject to a succession of little men who quickly die, and have no knowledge of themselves, let alone of those long dead. Marcus Aurelius
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If it's time for you to go, leave willingly - as you would to accomplish anything that can be done with grace and honor. Marcus Aurelius
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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 anxiety that they should hold any particular opinion about you. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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Misfortune nobly born is good fortune. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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Man must be arched and buttressed from within, else the temple wavers to the dust. Marcus Aurelius
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Both happiness and unhappiness depend on perception Marcus Aurelius
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Life is a stranger's sojourn, a night at an inn. Marcus Aurelius
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The wise man sees in the misfortune of others what he should avoid. Marcus Aurelius
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The whole universe is change and life itself is but what you deem it Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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Live with the gods. And he does so who constantly shows them that his soul is satisfied with what is assigned to him. Marcus Aurelius
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I can at once become happy anywhere, for he is happy who has found himself a happy lot. In a word, happiness lies all in the functions of reason, in warrantable desires and virtuous practice. Marcus Aurelius
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I will march on in the path of nature till my legs sink under me, and then I shall be at rest, and expire into that air which has given me my daily breath. Marcus Aurelius
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Even the stoics agree that certainty is very hard to come at; that our assent is worth little, for where is infallibility to be found? Marcus Aurelius
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The gods sustain and guide all their works. Marcus Aurelius
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But if we judge only those things which are in our power to be good or bad, there remains no reason either for finding fault with God or standing in a hostile attitude to man. Marcus Aurelius
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Short-lived are both the praiser and the praised, and rememberer and the remembered: and all this in a nook of this part of the world; and not even here do all agree, no, not any one with himself: and the whole earth too is a point. Marcus Aurelius
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Where any work can be done conformably to the reason which is common to gods and men, there we have nothing to fear; for where we are able to get profit by means of the activity which is successful and proceeds according to our constitution, there no harm is to be suspected. Marcus Aurelius
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Suppose that thou hast detached thyself from the natural unity... yet here there is this beautiful provision, that it is in thy power again to unite thyself. God has allowed this to no other part, after it has been separated and cut asunder, to come together again. ...he has distinguished man, for he has put it in his power not to be separated at all from the universal ...he has allowed him to be returned and to be united and to resume his place as a part. Marcus Aurelius
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In the case of most pains let this remark of Epicurus aid thee, that the pain is neither intolerable nor everlasting, if thou bear in mind that it has its limits, and if thou addest nothing to it in imagination... Marcus Aurelius
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Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing. Marcus Aurelius
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The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away. Marcus Aurelius
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