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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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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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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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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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A man's happiness, - to do the things proper to man. 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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The wrongdoer is often the person who left something undone, rather than the person who has done something 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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Everything is interwoven, and the web is holy; none of its parts are unconnected. They are composed harmoniously, and together - they compose the world. Marcus Aurelius
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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 or slave. Marcus Aurelius
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Bear in mind that the measure of a man is the worth of the things he cares about. Marcus Aurelius
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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 this you'll quickly forget your anger, especially if you realize that the person was under stress, and could do little else. And, if you can, find a way to alleviate that stress. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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And what after all is everlasting fame? Altogether vanity. Marcus Aurelius
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Man is born for deeds of kindness. Marcus Aurelius
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Whoever values peace of mind and the health of the soul will live the best of all possible lives. Marcus Aurelius
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What doesn't transmit light creates its own darkness. Marcus Aurelius
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Outward objects cannot take hold of the soul, nor force their passage into her, nor set any of her wheels going. No, the impression comes from herself, and it is her own motions which affect her. As for the contingencies of fortune, they are either great or little, according to the opinion she has of her own strength. Marcus Aurelius
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It is not right to vex ourselves at things, for they care not about it. Marcus Aurelius
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Never act without purpose and resolve, or without the means to finish the job. Marcus Aurelius
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The nature of the universe is the nature of things that are. Now, things that are have kinship with things that are from the beginning. Further, this nature is styled Truth; and it is the first cause of all that is true. Marcus Aurelius
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The earth loveth the shower," and "the holy aether knoweth what love is." The Universe, too, loves to create whatsoever is destined to be made. Marcus Aurelius
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This thou must always bear in mind, what is the nature of the whole... Marcus Aurelius
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He that dies in extreme old age will be reduced to the same state with him that is cut down untimely. Marcus Aurelius
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Depart then satisfied, for he also who releases thee is satisfied. Marcus Aurelius
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To a rational being it is the same thing to act according to nature and according to reason. Marcus Aurelius
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On the occasion of every act ask thyself, How is this with respect to me? Shall I repent of it? A little time and I am dead, and all is gone. Marcus Aurelius
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What matter and opportunity [for thy activity] art thou avoiding? For what else are all these things, except exercises for the reason, when it has viewed carefully and by examination into their nature the things which happen in life? Persevere then until thou shalt have made these things thy own, as the stomach which is strengthened makes all things its own, as the blazing fire makes flame and brightness out of everything that is thrown into it. Marcus Aurelius
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No longer let thy breathing only act in concert with the air which surrounds thee, but let thy intelligence also now be in harmony with the intelligence which embraces all things. For the intelligent power is no less diffused in all parts and pervades all things for him who is willing to draw it to him than the aerial power for him who is able to respire it. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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Nothing proceeds from nothingness, as also nothing passes away into non-existence. Marcus Aurelius
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You have to assemble your life yourself - action by action. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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Cultivate these, then, for they are wholly within your power: sincerity and dignity; industriousness; and sobriety. Avoid grumbling, be frugal, considerate, and frank; be temperate in manner and speech; carry yourself with authority. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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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; how capricious they are, how arbitrary. And the tiny region it takes place. The whole earth a point in space - and most of it uninhabited. Marcus Aurelius
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Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil. Marcus Aurelius
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Be content to seem what you really are. Marcus Aurelius
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Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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We are born for cooperation, as are the feet, the hands, the eyelids, and the upper and lower jaws. Marcus Aurelius
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It is not the weight of the future or the past that is pressing upon you, but ever that of the present alone. Even this burden, too, can be lessened if you confine it strictly to its own limits. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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You are a little soul carrying about a corpse, as Epictetus used to say. Marcus Aurelius
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Accept whatever comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny, for what could more aptly fit your needs? Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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When pain is unbearable it destroys us; when it does not it is bearable. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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Do not act as if you had a thousand years to live. Marcus Aurelius
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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 embodied in the people around us, when we're practically showered with them. It's good to keep this in mind. Marcus Aurelius
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Alexander the Great and his mule driver both died and the same thing happened to both. Marcus Aurelius
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It is the act of a madman to pursue impossibilities . Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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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 use it to achieve its goal. Marcus Aurelius
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A man must stand erect, not be kept erect by others. Marcus Aurelius
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Know the joy of life by piling good deed on good deed until no rift or cranny appears between them. Marcus Aurelius
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The longest-lived and the shortest-lived man, when they come to die, lose one and the same thing. Marcus Aurelius
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God sees the minds (ruling principles) of all men bared of the material vesture and rind and impurities. For with his intellectual part alone he touches the intelligence only which has flowed and been derived from himself into these bodies. And if thou also usest thyself to do this, thou wilt rid thyself of thy much trouble. For he who regards not the poor flesh which envelops him, surely will not trouble himself by looking after raiment and dwelling and fame and such like externals and show. Marcus Aurelius
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To breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus Aurelius
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Think of the country mouse and of the town mouse, and of the alarm and trepidation of the town mouse. Marcus Aurelius
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Our wills are ours, to make them Thine. Marcus Aurelius
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Frightened of change? But what can exist without it? What's closer to nature's heart? Can you take a hot bath and leave the firewood as it was? Eat food without transforming it? Can any vital process take place without something being changed? Can't you see? It's just the same with you - and just as vital to nature. Marcus Aurelius
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Why should we feel anger at the world? As if the world would notice? Marcus Aurelius
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