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Marcus Aurelius
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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
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... 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
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The best way of avenging thyself is not to become like the wrong-doer. Marcus Aurelius
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Everything is only for a day ... the universe loves nothing so much as to change things. Marcus Aurelius
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A man's life is what his thoughts make of it. Marcus Aurelius
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Remember that even if you were to live for three thousand years, or thirty thousand, you could not lose any other life than the one you have, and there will be no other life after it. So the longest and the shortest lives are the same. The present moment is shared by all living creatures, but the time that is past is gone forever. No one can lose the past or the future, for if they don't belong to you, how can they be taken from you? Marcus Aurelius
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All is Ephemeral, fame and the famous as well. Marcus Aurelius
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Think of what you have rather than of what you lack. Of the things you have, select the best and then reflect how eagerly you would have sought them if you did not have them. Marcus Aurelius
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The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are. Marcus Aurelius
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Art thou angry with him whose armpits stink? Art thou angry with him whose mouth smells foul? Marcus Aurelius
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A man's true greatness lies in the consciousness of an honest purpose in life, founded on a just estimate of himself and everything else, on frequent self-examinations, and a steady obedience to the rule which he knows to be right, without troubling himself about what others may think or say, or whether they do or do not that which he thinks and says and does. Marcus Aurelius
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Be not as one that hath ten thousand years to live; death is nigh at hand: while thou livest, while thou hast time, be good. Marcus Aurelius
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When you are offended at anyone's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. By attending to them, you will forget your anger and learn to live wisely. Marcus Aurelius
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Take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. Marcus Aurelius
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Consider frequently the connection of all things in the universe and their relation to one another. For things are somehow implicated with one another, and all in a way friendly to one another. Marcus Aurelius
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Run down the list of those who felt intense anger at something: the most famous, the most unfortunate, the most hated, the most whatever: Where is all that now? Smoke, dust, legend...or not even a legend. Think of all the examples. And how trivial the things we want so passionately are. Marcus Aurelius
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And in the case of superior things like stars, we discover a kind of unity in separation. The higher we rise on the scale of being, the easier it is to discern a connection even among things separated by vast distances. Marcus Aurelius
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Anything that is beautiful is beautiful just as it is. Praise forms no part of its beauty, since praise makes things neither better nor worse. This applies even more to what it commonly called beautiful: natural objects, for example, or works of art. True beauty has no need of anything beyond itself. Marcus Aurelius
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A man does not sin by commission only, but often by omission. Marcus Aurelius
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The universe is a single life comprising one substance and one soul. Marcus Aurelius
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Short is the little time which remains to thee of life. Live as on a mountain. Marcus Aurelius
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It is right that man should love those who have offended him. He will do so when he remembers that all men are his relations, and that it is through ignorance and involuntarily that they sin,-and then we all die so soon. Marcus Aurelius
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A great estate is a great disadvantage to those who do not know how to use it, for nothing is more common than to see wealthy persons live scandalously and miserably; riches do them no service in order to virtue and happiness; therefore 'tis precept and principle, not an estate, that makes a man good for something. Marcus Aurelius
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Soon you will have forgotten the world, and soon the world will have forgotten you. Marcus Aurelius
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Turn thy thoughts now to the consideration of thy life, thy life as a child, as a youth, thy manhood, thy old age, for in these also every change was a death. Is this anything to fear? 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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It's silly to try to escape other people's faults. They are inescapable. Just try to escape your own. Marcus Aurelius
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Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart. Marcus Aurelius
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All that is not eternal is eternally out of date. C. S. LEWIS, The Four Loves Life is short. Eternity is long. BENTLEY LITTLE, His Father's Son What we do now echoes in eternity. Marcus Aurelius
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Do you see what little is required of a man to live a well-tempered and god-fearing life? Obey these precepts, and the gods will ask nothing more. Marcus Aurelius
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My being consists of matter and form, that is, of soul and body; annihilation will reach neither of them, for they were never produced out of nothing. The consequence is, that every part of me will serve to make something in the world; and this again will change into another part through an infinite succession of change. This constant method of alteration gave me my being, and my father before me, and so on to eternity backward: for I think I may speak thus, even though the world be confined within certain determinate periods. Marcus Aurelius
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Death, like birth, is one of nature's mysteries, the combining of primal elements and dissolving of the same into the same. Marcus Aurelius
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When the sovereign spirit within us is true to nature, it stands poised and ready to adjust to every change in circumstances and to seize each new opportunity. It doesn't approach an object with prejudice or preconception, but handles each thing dispassionately before embracing it and, if necessary, finds advantage in what opposes it. It is like fire in this regard. Whereas a feeble flame might suffocate under a pile of dry sticks, a robust fire consumes everything it touches. The more objects of any kind heaped on it, the higher it rises, the hotter it burns. Marcus Aurelius
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The whole contains nothing which is not or its advantage; and all natures indeed have this common principle, but the nature of the universe has this principle besides, that it cannot be compelled even by any external cause to generate anything harmful to itself. Marcus Aurelius
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All those things at which thou wishest to arrive by a circuitous road, thou canst have now, if thou dost not refuse them to thyself. Marcus Aurelius
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The mind which is free from passions is a citadel, for man has nothing more secure to which he can fly for refuge and for the future be inexpugnable . He then who has not seen this is an ignorant man: but he who has seen it and does not fly to this refuge is unhappy. Marcus Aurelius
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Let there be freedom from perturbations with respect to the things which come from the external cause; and let there be justice in the things done by virtue of the internal cause, that is, let there be movement and action terminating in this, in social acts, for this is according to thy nature. Marcus Aurelius
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All those [events in history] were such dramas as we see now, only with different actors. Marcus Aurelius
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Look at everything that exists, and observe that it is already in dissolution and in change, and as it were putrefaction or dispersion, or that everything is so constituted by nature as to die. Marcus Aurelius
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Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness - all of them due to the offenders" ignorance of what is good or evil. Marcus Aurelius
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Everything is but what we think it. Marcus Aurelius
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If this is neither my own badness, nor an effect of my own badness, and the common weal is not injured, why am I troubled about it? And what is the harm to the common weal? Marcus Aurelius
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Keep in mind how fast things pass by and are gone - those that are now, and those to come. Existence flows past us like a river; the "what" is in constant flux, the "why" has a thousand variations. Nothing is stable, not even what's right here. The infinity of past and future gapes before us - a chasm whose depths we cannot see. Marcus Aurelius
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Each of us lives only now, this brief instant. The rest been lived already, or is impossible to see. The span we live is small - small as the corner of the earth in which we live it. Marcus Aurelius
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Take the shortest route. The one that nature planned - to speak and act in the healthiest way. Do that, and be free of pain and stress, free of all calculations and pretension. Marcus Aurelius
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It doesn't hurt me unless I interpret its happening as harmful to me. I can choose not to. Marcus Aurelius
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Just consider, my friend, whether a pure spirit and virtue are anything other than saving your life and being saved. Perhaps we need to discard the idea of longevity and cease loving this life, instead committing these things to God and, believing that no one ever escapes destiny, to consider, with that in mind, how we may live the best possible life in the time that remains. Marcus Aurelius
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No one can lose either the past or the future - how could anyone be deprived of what he does not possess? ... It is only the present moment of which either stands to be deprived: and if this is all he has, he cannot lose what he does not have. Marcus Aurelius
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But if anything in thy own dispositiongives thee pain, who hinders thee from correcting thy opinion? And even if thou art pained because thou art not doing some particular thing which seems to thee to be right, why dost thou not rather act than complain?- But some insuperable obstacle is in the way?- Do not be grieved then, for the cause of its not being done depends not on thee.- But it is not worth while to live if this cannot be done.- Take thy departure then from life contentedly, just as he dies who is in full activity, and well pleased too with the things which are obstacles. Marcus Aurelius
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No man is happy who does not think himself so. Marcus Aurelius
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No longer talk at all about the kind of man that a good man ought to be, but be such Marcus Aurelius
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Things that have a common quality ever quickly seek their kind. Marcus Aurelius
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Everything is ephemeral, both that which remembers and that which is remembered. Marcus Aurelius
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Nature has given to each conscious being every power she possesses, and one of these abilities is this: just as Nature converts and alters every obstacle and opposition, and fits them into their predestined place, making them a part of herself, so too the rational person is able to finesse every obstacle into an opportunity, and to use it for whatever purpose it may suit. Marcus Aurelius
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If you are pained by any external thing, it is not this thing that disturbs you, but your own judgment about it. It is in your power to erase this judgment about it. If anything in your own nature gives you pain, you are who hinders you from correcting your opinion. Marcus Aurelius
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From Alexander the Platonic, not frequently nor without necessity to say to any one, or to write in a letter, that I have no leisure; nor continually to excuse the neglect of duties required by our relation to those with whom we live, by alleging urgent occupations. Marcus Aurelius
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Discard everything except these few truths: we can live only in the present moment, in this brief now; all the rest of our life is dead and buried or shrouded in uncertainty. Short is the life we lead, and small our patch of earth. Marcus Aurelius
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Do not expect Plato's ideal republic; be satisfied with even the smallest step forward, and consider this no small achievement. Marcus Aurelius
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Submit to the fate of your own free will. Marcus Aurelius
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Things can never touch the soul, but stand inert outside it, so that disquiet can arise only from fancies within. Marcus Aurelius
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Remind oneself continually of one of those who practiced virtue in days gone by. Marcus Aurelius
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As surgeons keep their instruments and knives always at hand for cases requiring immediate treatment, so shouldst thou have thy thoughts ready to understand things divine and human, remembering in thy every act, even the smallest, how close is the bond that unites the two. Marcus Aurelius
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If thou workest at that which is before thee ... expecting nothing, fearing nothing, but satisfied with thy present activity according to Nature, and with heroic truth in every word and sound which thou utterest, thou wilt live happy. And there is no man who is able to prevent this. Marcus Aurelius
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Gluttony and drunkenness have two evils attendant on them; they make the carcass smart, as well as the pocket. Marcus Aurelius
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Remember that all is opinion. Marcus Aurelius
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Our inward power, when it obeys nature, reacts to events by accommodating itself to what it faces - to what is possible. It needs no specific material. It pursues its own aims as circumstances allow; it turns obstacles into fuel. As a fire overwhelms what would have quenched a lamp. What's thrown on top of the conflagration is absorbed, consumed by it - and makes it burn still higher. Marcus Aurelius
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If you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life, and stop being aimless, stop letting your emotions override what your mind tells you, stop being hypocritical, self-centered, irritable. Marcus Aurelius
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Cinna wishes to seem poor, and is poor Marcus Aurelius
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He does not write at all whose poems no man reads Marcus Aurelius
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A lucky chance is constant in nothing but inconstancy. Marcus Aurelius
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