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Marcus Aurelius
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My only fear is doing something contrary to human nature - the wrong thing, the wrong way, or at the wrong time. Marcus Aurelius
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Past and future have no power over you. Just the present - and even that can be minimized. Marcus Aurelius
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Do not be wise in words - be wise in deeds. Marcus Aurelius
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My true Self is free. I cannot be contained. 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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Nothing that goes on in anyone else's mind can harm you. Marcus Aurelius
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If unwilling to rise in the morning, say to thyself, 'I awake to do the work of a man.' Marcus Aurelius
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Let thy chief fort and place of defense be a mind free from passions. A stronger place and better fortified than this, hath no man. Marcus Aurelius
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Live each day as if it be your last. Marcus Aurelius
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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? Marcus Aurelius
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He is a true fugitive who flies from reason. Marcus Aurelius
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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? Marcus Aurelius
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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 mortal life is a little thing, lived in a little corner of the earth; and little, too, is the longest fame to come - dependent as it is on a succession of fast-perishing little men who have no knowledge even of their own selves, much less of one long dead and gone. Marcus Aurelius
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What we do now echoes in eternity. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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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 of such men, who do not even stand well in their own eyes, has no value for him. Marcus Aurelius
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Vex not thy spirit at the course of things, they heed not thy vexations Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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Withdraw to the untroubled quietude deep within the soul, and refresh yourself. Marcus Aurelius
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Prize that which is best in the universe; and this is that which useth everything and ordereth everything. Marcus Aurelius
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Be not unwilling in what thou doest, neither selfish nor unadvised nor obstinate; let not over-refinement deck out thy thought; be not wordy nor a busybody. Marcus Aurelius
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Let it judge that nothing is either bad or good which can happen equally to the bad man and the good. For that which happens equally to him who lives contrary to nature and to him who lives according to nature, is neither according to nature nor contrary to nature. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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The world is mere change, and this life, opinion. Marcus Aurelius
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A person's worth is measured by the worth of what he values. Marcus Aurelius
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Live out your life in truth and justice, tolerant of those who are neither true nor just. Marcus Aurelius
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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, thou wilt be a different kind of living being and thou wilt not cease to live. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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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 at their wrongdoing; for after all, they are only following their own apparent concerns and interests. You say they are mistaken? Why then, tell them so, and explain it to them, instead of being indignant. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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Everything is interwoven, and the web is holy. Marcus Aurelius
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From Apollonius I learned freedom of will and undeviating steadiness of purpose; and to look to nothing else, not even for a moment, except to reason. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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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, all that is body is as coursing waters, all that is of the soul as dreams and vapors. Marcus Aurelius
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Humans have come into being for the sake of each other, so either teach them, or learn to bear them. Marcus Aurelius
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It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. Marcus Aurelius
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Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts. Marcus Aurelius
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Each thing is of like form from everlasting and comes round again in its cycle. Marcus Aurelius
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Failing to understand the workings of one's own mind is bound to lead to unhappiness. Marcus Aurelius
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Your manners will depend very much upon the quality of what you frequently think on; for the soul is as it were tinged with the colour and complexion of thought. Marcus Aurelius
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Praise adds nothing to beauty-makes it neither better nor worse. Marcus Aurelius
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Reflect frequently upon the instability of things, and how very fast the scenes of nature are shifted. Matter is in perpetual flux. Change is always and everywhere at work; it strikes through causes and effects, and leaves nothing fixed and permanent. Marcus Aurelius
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The gods gave me a father who ruled over me and rid me of any trace of arrogance and showed me that one can live in a palace without bodyguards, extravagant attire, chandeliers, statues, and other luxuries. He taught me that it is possible to live instead pretty much in the manner of a private citizen without losing any of the dignity and authority a ruler must possess to discharge his imperial duties effectively. Marcus Aurelius
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Do not suffer a sudden impression to overbear your judgment. Marcus Aurelius
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Flinch not, neither give up nor despair, if the achieving of every act in accordance with right principle is not always continuous with thee. Marcus Aurelius
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It is not fit that I should give myself pain, for I have never intentionally given pain even to another. Marcus Aurelius
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A little time, and thou shalt close thy eyes; and him who has attended thee to thy grave, another soon will lament. Marcus Aurelius
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It is satisfaction to a man to do the proper works of a man. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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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 kind of governor of it you are descended; that you have a set period assigned you to act in, and unless you improve it to brighten and compose your thoughts, it will quickly run off with you, and be lost beyond recovery. Marcus Aurelius
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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 untroubled retreat than in his own soul. Avail yourself often, then, of this retirement, and so continually renew yourself. Marcus Aurelius
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Change your attitude to the things that bother you and you will be aware of them. Marcus Aurelius
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Whatever any one does or says, I must be good; just as if the emerald were always saying this: "Whatever any one does or says, I must still be emerald, and keep my color. Marcus Aurelius
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Most of what we say and do is unnecessary: remove the superfluity, and you will have more time and less bother. So in every case one should prompt oneself: 'Is this, or is it not, something necessary?' And the removal of the unnecessary should apply not only to actions but to thoughts also: then no redundant actions either will follow. Marcus Aurelius
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Dress not thy thoughts in too fine a raiment. And be not a man of superfluous words or superfluous deeds. Marcus Aurelius
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All things change, and you yourself are constantly wasting away. So also is the universe. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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Death, like generation, is a secret of Nature. Marcus Aurelius
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Whatever happens at all happens as it should; you will find this true, if you watch narrowly. 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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Let not thy mind run on what thou lackest as much as on what thou hast already. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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It is the act of a madman to pursue impossibilities. Marcus Aurelius
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Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there. Marcus Aurelius
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Nothing happens to any thing which that thing is not made by nature to bear. Marcus Aurelius
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Shame on the soul, to falter on the road of life while the body still perseveres. Marcus Aurelius
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Love nothing but that which comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny. For what could more aptly fit your needs? Marcus Aurelius
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