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Marcus Aurelius
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It is a sin to persue pleasure as a good and to avoid pain as a evil. Marcus Aurelius

Everything that happens, happens as it should. Marcus Aurelius

The stone that is thrown into the air is none the worse for falling down, and none the better for going up. Marcus Aurelius

No one was ever injured by the truth; but he who persists in self-deception and ignorance is injured. Marcus Aurelius

Now departure from the world of men is nothing to fear, if gods exist: because they would not involve you in any harm. If they do not exist, or if they have no care for humankind, then what is life to me in a world devoid of gods, or devoid of providence? But they do exist, and they do care for humankind: and they have put it absolutely in man's power to avoid falling into the true kinds of harm. Marcus Aurelius

There is a limit circumscribed to your time - if you do not use it to clear away your clouds, it will be gone, and you will be gone, and the opportunity will not return Marcus Aurelius

All is as thinking makes it so Marcus Aurelius

Our anger and annoyance are more detrimental to us than the things themselves which anger or annoy us. Marcus Aurelius

That which has died falls not out of the universe. If it stays here, it also changes here, and is dissolved into its proper parts, which are elements of the universe and of thyself. And these too change, and they murmur not". Marcus Aurelius

Look deeply. Don't miss the inherent quality and value of everything. Marcus Aurelius

Since you are an integral part of a social system, let every act of yours contribute to the harmonization of social life. Any action that is not related directly or remotely to this social aim disturbs your life, and destroys your unity. Marcus Aurelius

Adapt yourself to the life you have been given; and truly love the people with whom destiny has surrounded you. Marcus Aurelius

The cucumber is bitter? Then throw it out. There are brambles in the path? Then go around. That's all you need to know. Marcus Aurelius

In the meantime, cling tooth and nail to the following rule: not to give in to adversity, not to trust prosperity, and always take full note of fortune's habit of behaving just as she pleases. Marcus Aurelius

The whole universe is change and life itself is but what you deem it Marcus Aurelius

No form of nature is inferior to art; for the arts merely imitate natural forms. - Variant: There is no nature which is inferior to art, the arts imitate the nature of things. Marcus Aurelius

Your life is an expression of all your thoughts. Marcus Aurelius

Truth and ceremony are two things. Marcus Aurelius

The universe is transformation: life is opinion. Marcus Aurelius

The memory of everything is very soon overwhelmed in time. Marcus Aurelius

What we do in life ripples in eternity. Marcus Aurelius

Think of the universal substance, of which thou has a very small portion; and of universal time, of which a short and indivisible interval has been assigned to thee; and of that which is fixed by destiny, and how small a part of it thou art Marcus Aurelius

Thou sufferest justly: for thou choosest rather to become good to-morrow than to be good to-day. Marcus Aurelius

If any man should conceive certain things as being really good, such as prudence, temperance, justice, fortitude, he would not after having first conceived these endure to listen to anything which should not be in harmony with what is really good. Marcus Aurelius

Neither in writing nor in reading wilt thou be able to lay down rules for others before thou shalt have first learned to obey rules thyself. Marcus Aurelius

Time is like a river made up of the events which happen, and a violent stream; for as soon as a thing has been seen, it is carried away, and another comes in its place, and this will be carried away too. Marcus Aurelius

Why should a man have any apprehension about the change and dissolution of all the elements? For it is according to nature, and nothing is evil which is according to nature. Marcus Aurelius

Doctors keep their scalpels and other instruments handy, for emergencies. Keep your philosophy ready too - ready to understand heaven and earth. In everything you do, even the smallest thing, remember the chain that links them. Nothing earthly succeeds by ignoring heaven, nothing heavenly by ignoring earth. Marcus Aurelius

Body. Soul. Mind. Sensations: the body. Desires: the soul. Reasoning: the mind. Marcus Aurelius

It's normal to feel pain in your hands and feet, if you're using your feet as feet and your hands as hands. And for a human being to feel stress is normal - if he's living a normal life. And if it's normal, how can it be bad? Marcus Aurelius

People find pressure in different ways. I find it in keeping my mind clear. In not turning away from people or the things that happen to them. In accepting and welcoming everything I see. In treating each thing as it deserves. Marcus Aurelius

Death and life, success and failure, pain and pleasure, wealth and poverty, all these happen to good and bad alike, and they are neither noble nor shameful - and hence neither good nor bad. Marcus Aurelius

All things from eternity are of like forms and come round in circle. Marcus Aurelius

When men hate or blame you, or say hurtful things about you, look deeply into their hearts and see what kind of men they are. You'll see how unnecessary it is to strain after their good opinion. Yet you must still think kindly of them. they are your neighbors. The gods help them as they do you, by dreams and oracles, to win their hearts' desires. Marcus Aurelius

He was a man who looked at what ought to be done, not to the reputation which is got by a man's acts. Marcus Aurelius

What means all this? Marcus Aurelius

How many, once lauded in song, are given over to the forgotten; and how many who sung their praises are clean gone long ago! Marcus Aurelius

The art of life is more like the wrestler's art than the dancer's, in respect of this, that it should stand ready and firm to meet onsets which are sudden and unexpected. Marcus Aurelius

There is no nature which is inferior to art, the arts imitate the nature of things. Marcus Aurelius

Whatever is in any way beautiful has its source of beauty in itself, and is complete in itself; praise forms no part of it. Marcus Aurelius

He tells himself over and over again in any choice presented to him, 'Prefer the hard.' This holds good not only in great matters, but also in very small, in fighting by the frozen Danube and in starting the day early. Marcus Aurelius

When another blames you or hates you, or people voice similar criticisms, go to their souls, penetrate inside and see what sort of people they are. You will realize that there is no need to be racked with anxiety that they should hold any particular opinion about you. Marcus Aurelius

Is your cucumber bitter? Throw it away. Are there briars in your path? Turn aside. That is enough. Do not go on and say, "Why were things of this sort ever brought into this world?" neither intolerable nor everlasting - if thou bearest in mind that it has its limits, and if thou addest nothing to it in imagination. Pain is either an evil to the body (then let the body say what it thinks of it!)-or to the soul. But it is in the power of the soul to maintain its own serenity and tranquility. . . . Marcus Aurelius

Do what you will. Even if you tear yourself apart, most people will continue doing the same things. Marcus Aurelius

Regain your senses, call yourself back, and once again wake up. Now that you realize that only dreams were troubling you, view this 'reality' as you view your dreams. Marcus Aurelius

Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight. Marcus Aurelius

We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne. Marcus Aurelius

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present. Marcus Aurelius

Whoever does wrong, wrongs himself; whoever does injustice, does it to himself, making himself evil. Marcus Aurelius

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing, in so far as it stands ready against the accidental and the unforeseen, and is not apt to fall. Marcus Aurelius

Live with the gods. And he does so who constantly shows them that his soul is satisfied with what is assigned to him. Marcus Aurelius

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing. Marcus Aurelius

The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away. Marcus Aurelius

Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig. Marcus Aurelius

A man should be upright, not be kept upright. Marcus Aurelius

I can at once become happy anywhere, for he is happy who has found himself a happy lot. In a word, happiness lies all in the functions of reason, in warrantable desires and virtuous practice. Marcus Aurelius

I will march on in the path of nature till my legs sink under me, and then I shall be at rest, and expire into that air which has given me my daily breath. Marcus Aurelius

Even the stoics agree that certainty is very hard to come at; that our assent is worth little, for where is infallibility to be found? Marcus Aurelius

The gods sustain and guide all their works. Marcus Aurelius

But if we judge only those things which are in our power to be good or bad, there remains no reason either for finding fault with God or standing in a hostile attitude to man. Marcus Aurelius

Short-lived are both the praiser and the praised, and rememberer and the remembered: and all this in a nook of this part of the world; and not even here do all agree, no, not any one with himself: and the whole earth too is a point. Marcus Aurelius

Where any work can be done conformably to the reason which is common to gods and men, there we have nothing to fear; for where we are able to get profit by means of the activity which is successful and proceeds according to our constitution, there no harm is to be suspected. Marcus Aurelius

Suppose that thou hast detached thyself from the natural unity... yet here there is this beautiful provision, that it is in thy power again to unite thyself. God has allowed this to no other part, after it has been separated and cut asunder, to come together again. ...he has distinguished man, for he has put it in his power not to be separated at all from the universal ...he has allowed him to be returned and to be united and to resume his place as a part. Marcus Aurelius

In the case of most pains let this remark of Epicurus aid thee, that the pain is neither intolerable nor everlasting, if thou bear in mind that it has its limits, and if thou addest nothing to it in imagination... Marcus Aurelius

Why do we shrink from change? What can come into being save by change? Marcus Aurelius

Nothing is evil which is according to nature. Marcus Aurelius

Hast thou reason? I have. Why then dost not thou use it? For if this does its own work, what else dost thou wish? Marcus Aurelius

How easy it is to repel and release every impression which is troublesome and immediately to be tranquil. Marcus Aurelius

In man's life, time is but a moment; being, a flux; sense is dim; the material frame corruptible; soul, an eddy of breath; fortune a thing inscrutable, and fame precarious. Marcus Aurelius

As for life, it is a battle and a sojourning in a strange land; but the fame that comes after is oblivion. Marcus Aurelius



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