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Marcus Aurelius
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Life is short. Do not forget about the most important things in our life, living for other people and doing good for them. 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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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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A man's happiness, - to do the things proper to man. Marcus Aurelius
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Your task is to stand straight; not to be held straight. 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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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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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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Get rid of the judgement ... get rid of the 'I am hurt,' you are rid of the hurt itself. Marcus Aurelius
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He that lives alone lives in danger; society avoids many dangers. Marcus Aurelius
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A man is a little soul carrying around a courpse. Marcus Aurelius
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Where life is possible at all, a right life is possible; life in a palace is possible; therefore even in a palace a right life is possible. Marcus Aurelius
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Adorn thyself with simplicity and with indifference towards the things which lie between virtue and vice. Love mankind. Follow God. The poet says that Law rules all. And it is enough to remember that law rules all. Marcus Aurelius
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All that is from the gods is full of Providence. Marcus Aurelius
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A man should be upright, not kept upright. 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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This is the mark of a perfect character - to pass through each day as though it were the last, without agitation, without torpor, and without pretense. Marcus Aurelius
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Men are born for each other's sake, so either teach people or endure them 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When you find an unwillingness to rise early in the morning, endeavor to rouse your faculties, and act up to your kind, and consider that you have to do the business of a man; and that action is both beneficial and the end of your being. Marcus Aurelius
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God overrules all mutinous accidents, brings them under His laws of fate, and makes them all serviceable to His purpose. Marcus Aurelius
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