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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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The universe is a single life comprising one substance and one soul. Marcus Aurelius
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A lucky chance is constant in nothing but inconstancy. 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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Perfection of character consists in this; living each day as if it were the last, and spending each moment in peace. Marcus Aurelius
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Do not think that what is hard for thee to master is impossible for man; but if a thing is possible and proper to man, deem it attainable by thee. Marcus Aurelius
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Whatever any one does or says, I must be good; just as if the emerald were always saying this: Whatever any one does or says, I must still be emerald, and keep my color. 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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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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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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There is no man so blessed that some who stand by his deathbed won't hail the occasion with delight. Marcus Aurelius
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The stream of tendency in which all things seek to fulfill the law of their being. Marcus Aurelius
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Because other people are fools, must you be so too? Marcus Aurelius
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To expect an impossibility is madness. Marcus Aurelius
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The gods have provided me with clear and compelling signs of what it means to live in conformity to nature. They did their part. So far as their gifts, aid, and inspiration are concerned, nothing prevented me from following the path prescribed by nature. If from time to time I have strayed from this path, the fault lies with me and with my failure to heed the gods' signs, or rather, their explicit instructions. Marcus Aurelius
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When you find an unwillingness to rise early in the morning, make this short speech to yourself: I am getting up now to do the business of a man; and am I out of humour for going about that I was made for, and for the sake of which I was sent into the world? Was I then designed for nothing but to doze and keep warm beneath the counterpane? Well! but this is a comfortable way of living. Marcus Aurelius
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That which had grown from the earth, to the earth, But that which has sprung from heavenly seed, Back to the heavenly realms returns. This is either a dissolution of the mutual involution of the atoms, or a similar dispersion of the unsentient elements. Marcus Aurelius
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Every soul, the philosopher says, is involuntarily deprived of truth; consequently in the same way it is deprived of justice and temperance and benevolence and everything of the kind. It is most necessary to keep this in mind, for thus thou wilt be more gentle towards all. Marcus Aurelius
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Look to the essence of a thing, whether it be a point of doctrine, of practice, or of interpretation. Marcus Aurelius
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The things... which are proper to the understanding no other man is used to impede, for neither fire, nor iron, nor tyrant, nor abuse, touches it in any way. When it has been made a sphere, it continues a sphere. Marcus Aurelius
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Think not so much of what thou hast not as of what thou hast: but of the things which thou hast, select the best, and then reflect how eagerly they would have been sought, if thou hadst them not. At the same time, however, take care that thou dost not, through being so pleased with them, accustom thyself to overvalue them, so as to be disturbed if ever thou shouldst not have them. Marcus Aurelius
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If thou canst see sharp, look and judge wisely, says the philosopher. Marcus Aurelius
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Men seek retreats for themselves, houses in the country, sea-shores, and mountains; and thou too art wont to desire such things very much. But this is altogether a mark of the most common sort of men, for it is in thy power whenever thou shalt choose to retire into thyself. For nowhere either with more quiet or more freedom from trouble does a man retire than into his own soul. Marcus Aurelius
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Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. Marcus Aurelius
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Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them. Marcus Aurelius
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There is nothing happens to any person but what was in his power to go through with. Marcus Aurelius
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Where a man can live, he can also live well. Marcus Aurelius
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Do not waste what remains of your life in speculating about your neighbors, unless with a view to some mutual benefit. To wonder what so-and-so is doing and why, or what he is saying, or thinking, or scheming - in a word, anything that distracts you from fidelity to the ruler within you - means a loss of opportunity for some other task. Marcus Aurelius
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All men are made one for another: either then teach them better or bear with them. Marcus Aurelius
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Always bear this in mind, that very little indeed is necessary for living a happy life. Marcus Aurelius
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Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now, take what's left and live it properly. What doesn't transmit light creates its own darkness. Marcus Aurelius
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I, who have never willfully pained another, have no business to pain myself. Marcus Aurelius
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Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life. Marcus Aurelius
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Not to waste time on nonsense. Not to be taken in by conjurors and hoodoo artists with their talk about incantations and exorcism and all the rest of it. Not to be obsessed with quail-fighting or other crazes like that. Marcus Aurelius
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If any man despises me, that is his problem. My only concern is not doing or saying anything deserving of contempt. Marcus Aurelius
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Does what's happened keep you from acting with justice, generosity, self-control, sanity, prudence, honesty, humility, straightforward ness, and all other qualities that allow a person's nature to fulfill itself? So remember this principle when something threatens to cause you pain: the thing itself was no misfortune at all; to endure it and prevail is great good fortune. Marcus Aurelius
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Your time has a limit set to it. Use it, then, to advance your enlightenment; or it will be gone, and never in your power again. Marcus Aurelius
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Do not think that what is hard for you to master is humanly impossible; but if a thing is humanly possible, consider it to be within your reach. Marcus Aurelius
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Men seek out retreats for themselves in the country, by the seaside, on the moutains . . . But all this is unphilosophical to the last degree . . . when thou canst at a moment's notice retire into thyself. Marcus Aurelius
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In an expression of true gratitude, sadness is conspicuous only by its absence Marcus Aurelius
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Take me and cast me where you will; I shall still be possessor of the divinity within me, serene and content. Marcus Aurelius
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All things are the same, familiar in enterprise, momentary in endurance, coarse in substance. All things now are as they were in the day of those whom we have buried. Marcus Aurelius
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All that happens is as usual and familiar as the rose in spring and the crop in summer. Marcus Aurelius
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Every being ought to do that which is according to its constitution; and all other things have been constituted for the sake of the superior, but the rational for the sake of one another. Marcus Aurelius
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There are three relations [between thee and other things]: the one to the body which surrounds thee; the second to the divine cause from which all things come to all; and the third to those who live with thee. Marcus Aurelius
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Why dost thou not pray... to give thee the faculty of not fearing any of the things which thou fearest, or of not desiring any of the things which thou desirest, or not being pained at anything, rather than pray that any of these things should not happen or happen? Marcus Aurelius
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Never forget that the universe is a single living organism possessed of one substance and one soul, holding all things suspended in a single consciousness and creating all things with a single purpose that they might work together spinning and weaving and knotting whatever comes to pass. Marcus Aurelius
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Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretence. Marcus Aurelius
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You will find rest from vain fancies if you perform every act in life as though it were your last. Marcus Aurelius
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Many the lumps of frankincense on the same altar; one falls there early and another late, but it makes no difference. Marcus Aurelius
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Whatever is in any way beautiful hath its source of beauty in itself, and is complete in itself; praise forms no part of it. So it is none the worse nor the better for being praised. Marcus Aurelius
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Death,-a stopping of impressions through the senses, and of the pulling of the cords of motion, and of the ways of thought, and of service to the flesh. Marcus Aurelius
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The earth loveth the shower, and the holy ether knoweth what love is. The Universe, too, loves to create whatsoever is destined to be made. Marcus Aurelius
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When force of circumstance upsets your equanimity lose no time in recovering your self-control, and do not remain out of tune longer than you can help. Habitual recurrence to the harmony will increase your mastery of it. Marcus Aurelius
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Nothing is worth doing pointlessly. Marcus Aurelius
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The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer. Marcus Aurelius
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He who has seen present things has seen all, both everything which has taken place from all eternity and everything which will be for time without end; for all things are of one kin and of one form. Marcus Aurelius
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Though you break your heart, men will go on as before. Marcus Aurelius
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Always run to the short way; and the short way is the natural: accordingly say and do everything in conformity with the soundest reason. For such a purpose frees a man from trouble, and warfare, and all artifice and ostentatious display. Marcus Aurelius
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It is man's peculiar duty to love even those who wrong him. Marcus Aurelius
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The true worth of a man is to be measured by the objects he pursues. Marcus Aurelius
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Welcome every experience the looms of fate may weave for you... Marcus Aurelius
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To live each day as though one's last, never flustered, never apathetic, never attitudinizing - here is the perfection of character. Marcus Aurelius
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Were you to live three thousand years, or even thirty thousand, remember that the sole life which a man can lose is that which he is living at the moment; and furthermore, that he can have no other life except the one he loses... Marcus Aurelius
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