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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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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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Remember that man lives only in the present, in this fleeting instant; all the rest of his life is either past and gone, or not yet revealed. Short, therefore, is man's life, and narrow is the corner of the earth wherein he dwells. 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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Everything that happens happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so. Marcus Aurelius
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I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than on the opinions of others. Marcus Aurelius
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Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish. Marcus Aurelius
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We are too much accustomed to attribute to a single cause that which is the product of several, and the majority of our controversies come from that. Marcus Aurelius
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Do every act of your life as if it were your last. Marcus Aurelius
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Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else. Marcus Aurelius
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Death, like birth, is a secret of Nature. Marcus Aurelius
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The universal order and the personal order are nothing but different expressions and manifestations of a common underlying principle. Marcus Aurelius
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And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last. Marcus Aurelius
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You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long. Marcus Aurelius
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All things of the body stream away like a river, all things of the mind are dreams and delusion; life is warfare, and a visit to a strange land; the only lasting fame is oblivion. 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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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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Though you break your heart, men will go on as before. Marcus Aurelius
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You are making an inopportune rejection of what Nature has given you today, if all your mind is set on what men will say of you tomorrow. Marcus Aurelius
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The universe is in change, life is an opinion. Marcus Aurelius
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Spend your brief moment according to nature's law, and serenely greet the journey's end as an olive falls when it is ripe, blessing the branch that bare it, and giving thanks to the tree that gave it life. Marcus Aurelius
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I seek the truth...it is only persistence in self-delusion and ignorance that does harm. 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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Welcome every experience the looms of fate may weave for you... Marcus Aurelius
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When you have done a good deed that another has had the benefit of, why do you need a third reward-as fools do-praise for having done well or looking for a favor in return. Marcus Aurelius
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Nothing befalls any man which he is not fitted to endure. Marcus Aurelius
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In reading and writing, you cannot lay down rules until you have learnt to obey them. Much more so in life. Marcus Aurelius
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For a man can lose neither the past nor the future; for how can one take from him that which is not his? So remember these two points: first, that each thing is of like form from everlasting and comes round again in its cycle, and that it signifies not whether a man shall look upon the same things for a hundred years or two hundred, or for an infinity of time; second, that the longest lived and the shortest lived man, when they come to die, lose one and the same thing. Marcus Aurelius
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A person's life is what their thoughts make it. Marcus Aurelius
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It will suffice thee to remember as concerning pain ... that the mind may, by stopping all manner of commerce and sympathy with the body, still retain its own tranquility. Marcus Aurelius
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Be satisfied with your business, and learn to love what you were bred to. Marcus Aurelius
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Love the people with whom fate brings you together 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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This is enough. Do not add, And why were such things made in the world? Marcus Aurelius
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The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer. 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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Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. 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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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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Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life. Marcus Aurelius
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It's time you realized that you have something in you more powerful and miraculous than the things that affect you and make you dance like a puppet. Marcus Aurelius
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Think nothing profitable to you which compels you to break a promise, to lose your self respect, to hate any person, to curse, to act the hypocrite. Marcus Aurelius
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In death, Alexander of Macedon's end differed no whit from his stable-boy's. Either both were received into the same generative principle of the universe, or both alike were dispersed into atoms. Marcus Aurelius
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Once you have done a man a service, what more reward would you have? Is it not enough to have obeyed the laws of your own nature, without expecting to be paid for it? Marcus Aurelius
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When you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, remember that your defining characteristic-what defines a human being-is to work with others. Marcus Aurelius
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He who pays no attention to what his neighbor does, says or thinks, preferring to concentrate on making his own actions appropriate and justifiable, better uses his time. Marcus Aurelius
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When you have been compelled by circumstances to be disturbed in any manner, quickly return to yourself, and do not continue out of tune longer than the compulsion lasts. You will have increasing control over your own harmony by continually returning to it. Marcus Aurelius
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There is no man so fortunate that there shall not be by him when he is dying some who are pleased with what is going to happen. Marcus Aurelius
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Enough of this wretched life and murmuring and apish tricks. Why art thou disturbed? What is there new in this? What unsettles thee? Is it the form of the thing? Look at it. Or is it the matter? Look at it. But besides these there is nothing. Towards the gods, then, now become at last more simple and better. It is the same whether we examine these things for a hundred years or three. Marcus Aurelius
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Nothing happens to any man which he is not formed by nature to bear. The same things happen to another, and either because he does not see that they have happened or because he would show a great spirit he is firm and remains unharmed. It is a shame then that ignorance and conceit should be stronger than wisdom. Marcus Aurelius
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...the infallible man does not exist. Marcus Aurelius
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The world is a living being - one nature, one soul. Keep that in mind. Marcus Aurelius
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