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Marcus Aurelius
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Where a man can live, he can also live well. 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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Your life is what your thoughts make it. 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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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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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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Practice really hearing what people say. Do your best to get inside their mind. Marcus Aurelius
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External things are not the problem. It's your assessment of them. Which you can erase right now. Marcus Aurelius
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The cucumber is bitter? Then throw it out. There are brambles in the path? Then go around them. That's all you need to know. Nothing more. Don't demand to know "why such things exist." Anyone who understands the world will laugh at you, just as a carpenter would if you seemed shocked at finding sawdust in his workshop, or a shoemaker at scraps of leather left over from work. 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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How barbarous, to deny men the privilege of pursuing what they imagine to be their proper concerns and interests! Yet, in a sense, this is just what you are doing when you allow your indignation to rise at their wrongdoing; for after all, they are only following their own apparent concerns and interests. You say they are mistaken? Why then, tell them so, and explain it to them, instead of being indignant. 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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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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Life is a campaign, a brief staying in a strange region. Marcus Aurelius
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Love the people with whom fate brings you together Marcus Aurelius
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Leave the wrong done by another where the wrong arose. 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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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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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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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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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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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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Which is recorded of Socrates, that he was able both to abstain from, and to enjoy, those things which many are too weak to abstain from, and cannot enjoy without excess. But to be strong enough both to bear the one and to be sober in the other is the mark of a man who has a perfect and invincible soul. Marcus Aurelius
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Nothing can come out of nothing, any more than a thing can go back to nothing. Marcus Aurelius
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Purge your mind of all aimless and idle thoughts, especially those that pry into the affairs of others or wish them ill. Marcus Aurelius
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It is within our power not to make a judgement about something, and so not disturb our minds; for nothing in itself possesses the power to form our judgements. Marcus Aurelius
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?"Begin the morning by saying to thyself, I shall meet with the busy-body, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, unsocial Marcus Aurelius
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If you do the task before you always adhering to strict reason with zeal and energy and yet with humanity, disregarding all lesser ends and keeping the divinity within you pure and upright, as though you were even now faced with its recall - if you hold steadily to this, staying for nothing and shrinking from nothing, only seeking in each passing action a conformity with nature and in each word and utterance a fearless truthfulness, then the good life shall be yours. And from this course no man has the power to hold you back. Marcus Aurelius
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I cannot comprehend how any man can want anything but the truth. Marcus Aurelius
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Every man's life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain. Marcus Aurelius
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Remember that what pulls the strings is the force hidden within; there lies the power to persuade, there the life - there, if one must speak out, the real man. Marcus Aurelius
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You exist but as a part inherent in a greater whole. Do not live as though you had a thousand years before you. The common due impends; while you live, and while you may, be good. Marcus Aurelius
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I am an old man and have had many worries, but most have never come to pass. Marcus Aurelius
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Try to live the life of the good man who is more than content with what is allocated to him. Marcus Aurelius
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The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts. Marcus Aurelius
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Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. Soak it then in such trains of thoughts as, for example: Where life is possible at all, a right life is possible. Marcus Aurelius
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Look within, for within is the wellspring of virtue, which will not cease flowing, if you cease not from digging. Marcus Aurelius
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Snow endures but for a season, and joy comes with the morning. Marcus Aurelius
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Is your cucumber bitter? Throw it away. Are there briars in your path? Turn aside. That is enough. Do not go on and ay, 'Why were things of this sort ever brought into the world?' Marcus Aurelius
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A man's true delight is to do the things he was made for. Marcus Aurelius
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Life is a warfare and a stranger's sojourn, and after fame is oblivion. Marcus Aurelius
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Most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you'll have more time, and more tranquillity. Ask yourself at every moment, 'Is this necessary?' Marcus Aurelius
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All that is harmony for you, my Universe, is in harmony with me as well. Nothing that comes at the right time for you is too early or too late for me. Everything is fruit to me that your seasons bring, Nature. All things come of you, have their being in you, and return to you. Marcus Aurelius
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Vex not thy spirit at the course of things; they heed not thy vexation. How ludicrous and outlandish is astonishment at anything that may happen in life. Marcus Aurelius
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Deem not life a thing of consequence. For look at the yawning void of the future, and at that other limitless space, the past. Marcus Aurelius
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Just as the sand-dunes, heaped one upon another, hide each the first, so in life the former deeds are quickly hidden by those that follow after. Marcus Aurelius
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Frequently consider the connection of all things in the universe. Marcus Aurelius
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