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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Welcome every experience the looms of fate may weave for you... 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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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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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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Your life is what your thoughts make it. Marcus Aurelius
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Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. Marcus Aurelius
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Death is a release from the impressions of the senses, and from desires that make us their puppets, and from the vagaries of the mind, and from the hard service of the flesh. Marcus Aurelius
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The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it. Marcus Aurelius
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Men exist for the sake of one another. Marcus Aurelius
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To refrain from imitation is the best revenge. Marcus Aurelius
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How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks. Marcus Aurelius
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To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution. Marcus Aurelius
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Whatever the universal nature assigns to any man at any time is for the good of that man at that time. Marcus Aurelius
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Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it... Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle. 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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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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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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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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There is no misfortune, but to bear it nobly is good fortune. Marcus Aurelius
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