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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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God sees the inner spirit stripped of flesh, skin, and all debris. For his own mind only touches the spirit that he has allowed to flow from himself into our bodies. And if you can act the same way, you will rid yourself of all suffering. For surely if you are not preoccupied with the body that encloses you, you will not trouble yourself about clothes, houses, fame, and other showy trappings. Marcus Aurelius
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Nothing befalls a man except what is in his nature to endure. Marcus Aurelius
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The intelligence of the universe is social. Marcus Aurelius
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Thou seest how few be the things, the which if a man has at his command his life flows gently on and is divine. Marcus Aurelius
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My true Self is free. I cannot be contained. 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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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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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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All men are made one for another: either then teach them better or bear with them. 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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I, who have never willfully pained another, have no business to pain myself. 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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To no man make yourself a boon companion: Your joy will be less but less will be your grief Marcus Aurelius
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As for literature, thefts cannot harm it, while the lapse of ages augments its value Marcus Aurelius
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The whole universe is change and life itself is but what you deem it - either gratefully better than or bitterly worse than something else that you alone choose. Marcus Aurelius
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What does not benefit the hive is no benefit to the bee. Marcus Aurelius
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Leave the wrong done by another where the wrong arose. 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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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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Life is a campaign, a brief staying in a strange region. 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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What we cannot bear removes us from life; what remains can be borne. Marcus Aurelius
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Pass then through this little space of time conformably to nature, and end thy journey in content, just as an olive falls off when it is ripe, blessing nature who produced it, and thanking the tree on which it grew. Marcus Aurelius
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Take full account of what Excellencies you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not. Marcus Aurelius
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Receive without conceit, release without struggle. 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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An angry look on the face is wholly against nature. If it be assumed frequently, beauty begins to perish, and in the end is quenched beyond rekindling. Marcus Aurelius
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Imagine you were now dead, or had not lived before his moment. Now view the rest of your life as a bonus.... Marcus Aurelius
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How soon will time cover all things. Marcus Aurelius
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Death smiles at us all, all a man can do is smile back. Marcus Aurelius
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All things are linked with one another, and this oneness is sacred; there is nothing that is not interconnected with everything else. For things are interdependent, and they combine to form this universal order. There is only one universe made up of all things, and one creator who pervades them; there is one substance and one law, namely, common reason in all thinking creatures, and all truth is one-if, as we believe, there is only one path of perfection for all beings who share the same mind. Marcus Aurelius
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Whatever may happen to thee, it was prepared for thee from all eternity ... Marcus Aurelius
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Suppose that men kill thee, cut thee in pieces, curse thee, what can these things do to prevent thy mind from remaining pure, wise, sober, just? Marcus Aurelius
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The sinner sins against himself; the wrongdoer wrongs himself, becoming the worse by his own action. Marcus Aurelius
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He who follows reason in all things is both tranquil and active at the same time, and also cheerful and collected. Marcus Aurelius
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There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile. Marcus Aurelius
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Persuade me or prove to me that I am mistaken in thought or deed, and I will gladly change - for it is the truth I seek, and the truth never harmed anyone. Harm comes from persisting in error and clinging to ignorance. Marcus Aurelius
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