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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

He who eats my bread, does my will. Marcus Aurelius

By a tranquil mind, I mean nothing else than a mind well ordered. Marcus Aurelius

The blazing fire makes flames and brightness out of everything thrown into it. Marcus Aurelius

A wrongdoer is often a man who has left something undone, not always one who has done something. Marcus Aurelius

The best sort of revenue is not to be like him who did the injury. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

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

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

"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

Everything - a horse, a vine - is created for some duty... For what task, then, were you yourself created? Marcus Aurelius

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

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

Every living organism is fulfilled when it follows the right path for its own nature. Marcus Aurelius

No matter what anyone says or does, my task is to be emerald, my color undiminished. Marcus Aurelius

The world is nothing but change, our life is only perception. Marcus Aurelius

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

The man who has a house everywhere has a home nowhere Marcus Aurelius

Receive wealth or prosperity without arrogance; and be ready to let it go. Marcus Aurelius

Be simple and modest in your deportment, and treat with indifference whatever lies between virtue and vice. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

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

Remember that all things are only opinion and that it is in your power to think as you please. Marcus Aurelius

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

And yet, after all, what is posthumous fame? Altogether vanity. Marcus Aurelius

Happiness is no other than soundness and perfection of mind. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

The lot assigned to every man is suited to him, and suits him to itself. Marcus Aurelius

Always take the short cut; and that is the rational one. Therefore say and do everything according to soundest reason. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

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

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

People generally despise where they flatter, and cringe to those they would gladly overtop; so that truth and ceremony are two things. Marcus Aurelius

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

If I and my two children cannot move the gods, the gods must have their reasons. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

Why do you hunger for length of days? The point of life is to follow reason and the divine spirit and to accept whatever nature sends you. To live in this way is not to fear death, but to hold it in contempt. Death is only a thing of terror for those unable to live in the present. Pass on your way, then, with a smiling face, under the smile of him who bids you go Marcus Aurelius

... Allow yourself a space of quiet, wherein you can add to your knowledge of the Good and learn to curb your restlessness. Guard also against another kind of error: the folly of those who weary their days in much business, but lack any aim on which their whole effort, nay, their whole thought, is focused. Marcus Aurelius

This Being of mine, whatever it really is, consists of a little flesh, a little breath, and the part which governs. Marcus Aurelius

Thou art a little soul bearing about a corpse, as Epictetus used to say. Marcus Aurelius

Blot out vain pomp; check impulse; quench appetite; keep reason under its own control. Marcus Aurelius

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

Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

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

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them. Marcus Aurelius

Wilt thou, then, my soul, never be good and simple and one and naked, more manifest than the body which surrounds thee? Marcus Aurelius

In the morning when thou risest unwillingly, let this thought be present - I am rising to the work of a human being. Why then am I dissatisfied if I am going to do the things for which I exist and for which I was brought into the world? Marcus Aurelius

The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury. Marcus Aurelius

A man's worth is no greater than his ambitions. Marcus Aurelius

The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

Stop talking about what the good man is like, and just be one. Marcus Aurelius

Every instant of time... is a pinprick of eternity. Marcus Aurelius

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

Take away the complaint, 'I have been harmed,' and the harm is taken away. Marcus Aurelius

If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it. Marcus Aurelius

To understand the true quality of people, you must look into their minds, and examine their pursuits and aversions. Marcus Aurelius

That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees. Marcus Aurelius

Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be. Marcus Aurelius

Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely. Marcus Aurelius

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

The controlling Intelligence understands its own nature, and what it does, and whereon it works. Marcus Aurelius

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