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Marcus Aurelius
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Everything is in a state of metamorphosis. Thou thyself art in everlasting change and in corruption to correspond; so is the whole universe. Marcus Aurelius
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The true joy of humankind is in doing that which is most proper to our nature; and the first property of people is to be kindly affected towards them that are of one kind with ourselves. Marcus Aurelius
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You need to be prepared for firm decisions and action, without losing gentleness towards those who obstruct or abuse you. It's as great a weakness to be angry with them as it is to abandon your plan of action and give up through fear. Marcus Aurelius
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I search after truth, by which man never yet was harmed. Marcus Aurelius
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Treat with utmost respect your power of forming opinions, for this power alone guards you against making assumptions that are contrary to nature and judgments that overthrow the rule of reason. Marcus Aurelius
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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. See the power of these hidden things which, like the wind cannot been seen, but its effects can be. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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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 alone. Marcus Aurelius
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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? Marcus Aurelius
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Do not be ashamed of help. Marcus Aurelius
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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 the gods will not involve thee in evil; but if indeed they do not exist, or if they have no concern about human affairs, what is it to me to live in a universe devoid of gods or devoid of Providence? But Gods there are, undoubtedly, and they regard human affairs; and have put it wholly in our power, that we should not fall into what is truly evil. Marcus Aurelius
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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? Marcus Aurelius
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Glory arrives too late when it comes only to one's ashes Marcus Aurelius
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What is not good for the swarm is not good for the bee. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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Live not one's life as though one had a thousand years, but live each day as the last. Marcus Aurelius
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Observe constantly that all things take place by change. Marcus Aurelius
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A man should remove not only unnecessary acts, but also unnecessary thoughts, for then superfluous activity will not follow. Marcus Aurelius
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Death hangs over thee, While thou still live, while thou may, do good. Marcus Aurelius
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Dig inside. Inside is the fountain of good, and it will forever flow, if you will forever dig. Marcus Aurelius
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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 the sparrows which fly by, but it has already passed out of sight. Marcus Aurelius
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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 good or evil. Marcus Aurelius
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Nature in no case cometh short of art, for the arts are copiers of natural forms. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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Our life is what our thoughts make it. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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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 you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. Marcus Aurelius
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The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. Marcus Aurelius
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Whatever anyone does or says, I must be emerald and keep my colour. Marcus Aurelius
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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 and ignorance who is harmed. Marcus Aurelius
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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 anyone at hand sets you right and unsettles you in an opinion, but this change of opinion should come only because you are persuaded that something is just or to the public advantage, not because it appears pleasant or increases your reputation. Marcus Aurelius
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Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear. 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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What springs from earth dissolves to earth again, and heaven-born things fly to their native seat. Marcus Aurelius
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To live happily is an inward power of the soul. Marcus Aurelius
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The act of dying is one of the acts of life. Marcus Aurelius
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Reason and the reasoning faculty need no foreign assistance, but are sufficient for their own purposes. They move within themselves, and make directly for the point in view. Wherefore, acts in accordance with them are called right acts, for they lead along the right road. Marcus Aurelius
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I bless the gods for not letting my education in rhetoric, poetry, and other literary studies come easily to me, and thereby sparing me from an absorbing interest in these subjects. Marcus Aurelius
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Look deep into the hearts of men, and see what delights and disgusts the wise. Marcus Aurelius
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It is a disgrace to let ignorance and vanity do more with us than prudence and principle. Marcus Aurelius
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If mind is common to us, then also the reason, whereby we are reasoning beings, is common.' If this be so, then also the reason which enjoins what is to be done or left undone is common. If this be so, law also is common; if this be so, we are citizens; if this be so, we are partakers in one constitution; if this be so, the Universe is a kind of Commonwealth. Marcus Aurelius
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Rememberest the gods, and that they wish not to be flattered, but wish all reasonable beings to be made like themselves; and... rememberest that what does the work of a fig-tree is a fig-tree, and that what does the work of a dog is a dog, and that what does the work of a bee is a bee, and that what does the work of a man is a man. Marcus Aurelius
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Waste not the remnant of thy life in those imaginations touching other folk, whereby thou contributest not to the common weal. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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Let thine occupations be few, saith the sage, if thou wouldst lead a tranquil life. Marcus Aurelius
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The noblest kind of retribution is not to become like your enemy. Marcus Aurelius
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Love the little trade which thou hast learned, and be content therewith. Marcus Aurelius
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The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way. Marcus Aurelius
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Choose not to be harmed and you won't feel harmed. Don't feel harmed and you haven't been. Marcus Aurelius
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Bear in mind that the measure of a man is the worth of the things he cares about. If it is good to say or do something, then it is even better to be criticized for having said or done it. Marcus Aurelius
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Blot out vain pomp; check impulse; quench appetite; keep reason under its own control. Marcus Aurelius
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Everything is mere opinion. Marcus Aurelius
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In the case of all things which have a certain constitution, whatever harm may happen to any of them, that which is affected becomes consequently worse; but in like case, a man becomes both better... and more worthy of praise, by making the right use of these accidents. Marcus Aurelius
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Only to the rational animal is it given to follow voluntarily what happens; but simply to follow is a necessity imposed on all. Marcus Aurelius
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Respect the faculty that forms thy judgments. Marcus Aurelius
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Art thou angry with him whose arm-pits stink? Marcus Aurelius
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If...it be a thing external that causes thy grief, know, that it is not that properly that doth cause it, but thine own conceit and opinion concerning the thing: which thou mayest rid thyself of, when thou wilt. Marcus Aurelius
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If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now. Marcus Aurelius
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The one thing worth living for is to keep one's soul pure. Marcus Aurelius
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The universal nature out of the universal substance, as if it were wax, now molds a horse, and when it has broken this up, it uses the material for a tree, then for a man, then for something else... Marcus Aurelius
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The soul is dyed by the thoughts. Dye it then, with a continuous series of such thoughts as these - that where a man can live, there - if he will - he can also live well. Marcus Aurelius
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Be cheerful, also, and seek not external help, nor the peace which others give. A man must stand straight, and not be kept straight by others. Marcus Aurelius
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How many after being celebrated by fame have been given up to oblivion; and how many who have celebrated the fame of others have long been dead. Marcus Aurelius
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If any man has done wrong, the harm is his own. But perhaps he has not done wrong. Marcus Aurelius
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Men despise one another and flatter one another; and men wish to raise themselves above one another, and crouch before one another. Marcus Aurelius
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The healthy eye ought to see all visible things and not to say, I wish for green things; for this is the condition of a diseased eye. Marcus Aurelius
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How can a man find a sensible way to live? One way and one only- Philosophy. And my philosophy means keeping that vital spark within you free from damage and degradation, using it to transcend pain and pleasure, doing everything with a purpose, avoiding lies and hypocrisy, not relying on another person's actions or failings. To accept everything that comes, and everything that is given, as coming from that same spiritual source. Marcus Aurelius
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Even while a thing is in the act of coming into existence, some part of it has already ceased to be. Marcus Aurelius
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Let goodness go with the doing. Marcus Aurelius
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