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Marcus Aurelius
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At day's first light have in readiness, against disinclination to leave your bed, the thought that "I am rising for the work of man." Marcus Aurelius
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He who eats my bread, does my will. Marcus Aurelius
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By a tranquil mind, I mean nothing else than a mind well ordered. Marcus Aurelius
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The blazing fire makes flames and brightness out of everything thrown into it. Marcus Aurelius
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A wrongdoer is often a man who has left something undone, not always one who has done something. Marcus Aurelius
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Every instant of time... is a pinprick of eternity. Marcus Aurelius
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Things themselves cannot touch the soul, not in the least degree, nor have they admission to the soul nor can they turn or move the soul: it turns and moves itself alone and whatever judgment it may think proper to make, such it makes by remaking for itself the things that present themselves to it Marcus Aurelius
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In the same degree in which a man's mind is nearer to freedom from all passion, in the same degree also is it nearer to strength. Marcus Aurelius
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And yet, after all, what is posthumous fame? Altogether vanity. Marcus Aurelius
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Happiness is no other than soundness and perfection of mind. Marcus Aurelius
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One whose chief regard is for his own mind, and for the divinity within him and the service of its goodness, will strike no poses, utter no complaints, and crave neither for solitude nor yet for a crowd. Best of all, his life will be free from continual pursuing and avoiding. Marcus Aurelius
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I'm going to be meeting with people today who talk too much - people who are selfish, egotistical, ungrateful. But I won't be surprised or disturbed, for I can't imagine a world without such people. Marcus Aurelius
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Do not disturb yourself by picturing your life as a whole; do not assemble in your mind the many and varied troubles which have come to you in the past and will come again in the future, but ask yourself with regard to every present difficulty: 'What is there in this that is unbearable and beyond endurance?' Marcus Aurelius
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Stop talking about what the good man is like, and just be one. Marcus Aurelius
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The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury. Marcus Aurelius
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A man's worth is no greater than his ambitions. Marcus Aurelius
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The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious. Marcus Aurelius
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Time is a kind of river, an irresistible flood sweeping up men and events and carrying them headlong, one after the other, to the great sea of being. Marcus Aurelius
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The controlling Intelligence understands its own nature, and what it does, and whereon it works. Marcus Aurelius
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Wherever a man lives, he may live well. Marcus Aurelius
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Direct thy attention to what is said. Let thy understanding enter into the things that are doing and the things which do them. Marcus Aurelius
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Do what nature now requires. Set thyself in motion, if it is in thy power, and do not look about thee to see if any one will observe it; nor yet expect Plato's Republic: but be content if the smallest thing goes on well, and consider such an event to be no small matter. Marcus Aurelius
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The nature of the All moved to make the universe. Marcus Aurelius
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Continuously thou wilt look at human things as smoke and nothing at all; especially if thou reflectest at the same time, that what has once changed will never exist again in the infinite duration of time. But thou, in what a brief space of time is thy existence? And why art thou not content to pass through this short time in an orderly way? Marcus Aurelius
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Am I doing anything? I do it with reference to the good of mankind. Does anything happen to me? I receive it and refer it to the gods, and the source of all things, from which all that happens is derived. Marcus Aurelius
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We must press on then, in haste; not simply because every hour brings us nearer to death, but because even before then our powers of perception and comprehension begin to deteriorate. Marcus Aurelius
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Consider when thou art much vexed or grieved, that man's life is only a moment, and after a short time we are all laid out dead. Marcus Aurelius
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People generally despise where they flatter, and cringe to those they would gladly overtop; so that truth and ceremony are two things. Marcus Aurelius
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The only thing that isn't worthless: to live this life out truthfully and rightly, And be patience with those who don't. Marcus Aurelius
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If I and my two children cannot move the gods, the gods must have their reasons. Marcus Aurelius
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Don't let your imagination to be crushed by life as a whole. Don't try to pictures everything bad that could possibly happen. Stick with the situation at hand. ...Then remind yourself that past and present have no power over you. Only the present. Marcus Aurelius
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No matter what anyone says or does, my task is to be emerald, my color undiminished. Marcus Aurelius
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The world is nothing but change, our life is only perception. Marcus Aurelius
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Because a thing is difficult for you, do not therefore suppose it to be beyond mortal power. On the contrary, if anything is possible and proper for man to do, assume that it must fall within your own capacity. Marcus Aurelius
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The man who has a house everywhere has a home nowhere Marcus Aurelius
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Receive wealth or prosperity without arrogance; and be ready to let it go. Marcus Aurelius
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"Sweep me up and send me where you please." For there I will retain my spirit, tranquil and content, as long as it can feel and act in harmony with its own nature. Is a change of place enough reason for my soul to become unhappy and worn, for me to become depressed, humbled, cowering, and afraid? Can you discover any reasons for this? Marcus Aurelius
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Everything - a horse, a vine - is created for some duty... For what task, then, were you yourself created? Marcus Aurelius
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Remember that all things are only opinion and that it is in your power to think as you please. Marcus Aurelius
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A man makes no noise over a good deed, but passes on to another as a vine to bear grapes again in season. Marcus Aurelius
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The lot assigned to every man is suited to him, and suits him to itself. Marcus Aurelius
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Always take the short cut; and that is the rational one. Therefore say and do everything according to soundest reason. Marcus Aurelius
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It is the responsibility of leadership to work intelligently with what is given, and not waste time fantasizing about a world of flawless people and perfect choices. Marcus Aurelius
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The happiness of those who want to be popular depends on others; the happiness of those who seek pleasure fluctuates with moods outside their control; but the happiness of the wise grows out of their own free acts. Marcus Aurelius
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Every living organism is fulfilled when it follows the right path for its own nature. Marcus Aurelius
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Do not fear death, but welcome it, since it too comes from nature. For just as we are young and grow old, and flourish and reach maturity, have teeth and a beard and grey hairs, conceive, become pregnant, and bring forth new life, and all the other natural processes that follow the seasons of our existence, so also do we have death. A thoughtful person will never take death lightly, impatiently, or scornfully, but will wait for it as one of life's natural processes. Marcus Aurelius
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Put it out of the power of truth to give you an ill character. If anybody reports you not to be an honest man let your practice give him the lie. Marcus Aurelius
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Take away the complaint, 'I have been harmed,' and the harm is taken away. Marcus Aurelius
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The honest and good man ought to be exactly like a man who smells strong, so that the bystander as soon as he comes near him must smell whether he choose or not. Marcus Aurelius
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Be like the rocky headland on which the waves constantly break. It stands firm, and round it the seething waters are laid to rest. Marcus Aurelius
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There is but one thing of real value - to cultivate truth and justice, and to live without anger in the midst of lying and unjust men. Marcus Aurelius
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The best sort of revenue is not to be like him who did the injury. Marcus Aurelius
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Do not consider anything for your interest which makes you break your word, quit your modesty or inclines you to any practice which will not bear the light or look the world in the face. Marcus Aurelius
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Consider how many do not even know your name, and how many will soon forget it, and how those who now praise you will presently blame you. Marcus Aurelius
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Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear. Marcus Aurelius
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This thou must always bear in mind, what is the nature of the whole, and what is my nature, and how this is related to that, and what kind of a part it is of what kind of a whole; and that there is no one who hinders thee from always doing and saying the things which are according to the nature of which thou art a part. Marcus Aurelius
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Be simple and modest in your deportment, and treat with indifference whatever lies between virtue and vice. Marcus Aurelius
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Our dispositions will be suitable to that which we most frequently think on; for the soul is, as it were, tinged with the colour and complexion of its own thoughts. Marcus Aurelius
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In the life of a man, his time is but a moment, his being an incessant flux, his senses a dim rushlight, his body a prey of worms, his soul an unquiet eddy, his fortune dark, and his fame doubtful. In short, all that is of the body is as coursing waters, all that is of the soul as dreams and vapours; life a warfare, a brief sojourning in an alien land; and after repute, oblivion. Where, then, can man find the power to guide and guard his steps? In one thing and one alone: the love of knowledge. Marcus Aurelius
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This Being of mine, whatever it really is, consists of a little flesh, a little breath, and the part which governs. Marcus Aurelius
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Thou art a little soul bearing about a corpse, as Epictetus used to say. 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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The man who is honest and good ought to be exactly like a man who smells strong, so that the bystander as soon as he comes near him must smell whether he choose or not. Marcus Aurelius
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If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it. Marcus Aurelius
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To understand the true quality of people, you must look into their minds, and examine their pursuits and aversions. Marcus Aurelius
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That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees. Marcus Aurelius
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Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be. Marcus Aurelius
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Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely. Marcus Aurelius
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Observe the movements of the stars as if you were running their courses with them, and let your mind constantly dwell on the changes of the elements into each other. Such imaginings wash away the filth of life on the ground. Marcus Aurelius
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I often marvel how it is that though each man loves himself beyond all else, he should yet value his own opinion of himself less than that of others. Marcus Aurelius
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