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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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Let your one delight and refreshment be to pass from one service to the community to another, with God ever in mind. Marcus Aurelius
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It is a shameful thing for the soul to faint while the body still perseveres. Marcus Aurelius
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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 to realize that you are a member of the Universe, that you are born of Nature itself, and to know that a limit has been set to your time. Use every moment wisely, to perceive your inner refulgence, or 'twill be gone and nevermore within your reach. Marcus Aurelius
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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 the ripe olive, extolling the season that bore it and the tree that matured it. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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Don't go on discussing what a good person should be. Just be one. 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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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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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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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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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 and honor it. Marcus Aurelius
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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 thoughts. And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last, laying aside all carelessness and passionate aversion from the commands of reason, and all hypocrisy, and self-love, and discontent with the portion which has been given to thee. Marcus Aurelius
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In the morning, when you are sluggish about getting up, let this thought be present: 'I am rising to a man's work.' Marcus Aurelius
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Be not disgusted, nor discouraged, nor dissatisfied, if thou dost not succeed in doing everything according to right principles; but when thou bast failed, return back again, and be content if the greater part of what thou doest is consistent with man's nature, and love this to which thou returnest Marcus Aurelius
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Stick to what's in front of you - idea, action, utterance. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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Tranquility is nothing else than the good ordering of the mind. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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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 it is possible that you may be quitting life this very moment, govern every act and thought accordingly. 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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Nature in no case cometh short of art, for the arts are copiers of natural forms. 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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When jarred, unavoidably, by circumstance revert at once to yourself and don't lose the rhythm more than you can help. You'll have a better grasp of harmony if you keep going back to it. Marcus Aurelius
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The constant recollection of death is the test of human conduct. Marcus Aurelius
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One man is proud when he has caught a poor hare, and another when he has taken a little fish in a net, and another when he has taken wild boars, and another when he has taken bears ... Are these not robbers? Marcus Aurelius
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If the gods care not for me and for my children, There is a reason for it. Marcus Aurelius
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The ruling power within, when it is in its natural state, is so related to outer circumstances that it easily changes to accord with what can be done and what is given it to do. 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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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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Everything is mere opinion. 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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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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The inner master, when confronted with an obstacle, uses it as fuel, like a fire which consumes things that are thrown into it. A small lamp would be snuffed out, but a big fire will engulf what is thrown at it and burn hotter; it consumes the obstacle and uses it to reach a higher level. Marcus Aurelius
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The mind in itself wants nothing, unless it creates a want for itself; therefore it is both free from perturbation and unimpeded, if it does not perturb and impede itself. 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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