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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Life is a campaign, a brief staying in a strange region. 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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Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look. Marcus Aurelius
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Without a purpose, nothing should be done. Marcus Aurelius
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While you live, while it is in your power, be good. Marcus Aurelius
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To my great-grandfather I owed the advice to dispense with the education of the schools and have good masters at home instead - and to realize that no expense should be grudged for this purpose. Marcus Aurelius
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Everything harmonizes with me, which is harmonious to thee, o Universe. Nothing for me is too early or too late, which is in due time for thee. Marcus Aurelius
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Nature which governs the whole will soon change all things which you see, and out of their substance will make other things and again other things... in order that the world may be ever new. Marcus Aurelius
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Because your own strength is unequal to a task, do not assume it is beyond the powers of man. Marcus Aurelius
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If souls survive death for all eternity, how can the heavens hold them all? Or for that matter, how can the earth hold all the bodies that have been buried in it? The answers are the same. Just as on earth, with the passage of time, decaying and transmogrified corpses make way for the newly dead, so souls released into the heavens, after a season of flight, begin to break up, burn, and be absorbed back into the womb of reason, leaving room for souls just beginning to fly. This is the answer for those who believe that souls survive death. Marcus Aurelius
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What use do I put my soul to? It is a serviceable question this, and should frequently be put to oneself. How does my ruling part stand affected? And whose soul have I now? That of a child, or a young man, or a feeble woman, or of a tyrant, of cattle or wild beasts. Marcus Aurelius
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How very near us stand the two vast gulfs of time, the past and the future, in which all things disappear. Marcus Aurelius
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Pray look upon the plants and birds, the ants, spiders, and bees, and you will see them all exerting their nature, and busy in their station. Pray, shall not a man act like a man? 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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Thou mayest foresee... the things which will be. For they will certainly be of like form, and it is not possible that they should deviate from the order of things now: accordingly to have contemplated human life for forty years is the same as to have contemplated it for ten thousand years. Marcus Aurelius
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Reverence the gods, and help men. Short is life. Marcus Aurelius
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As thou thyself art a component part of a social system, so let every act of thine be a component part of social life. Whatever act of thine that has no reference, either immediately or remotely, to a social end, this tears asunder thy life, and does not allow it to be one, and it is of the nature of a mutiny, just as when in a popular assembly a man acting by himself stands apart from the general agreement. Marcus Aurelius
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Socrates used to call the opinions of the many by the name of Lamiae, bugbears to frighten children. Marcus Aurelius
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Yet living and dying, honour and dishonour, pain and pleasure, riches and poverty, and so forth are equally the lot of good men and bad. Things like these neither elevate nor degrade; and therefore they are no more good than they are evil. Marcus Aurelius
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Doth perfect beauty stand in need of praise at all? Nay; no more than law, no more than truth, no more than loving kindness, nor than modesty. Marcus Aurelius
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The rottenness of the matter which is the foundation of everything! Marcus Aurelius
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All things are changing; and thou thyself art in continuous mutation and in a manner in continuous destruction and the whole universe to. Marcus Aurelius
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Either all things proceed from one intelligent source and come together as in one body, and the part ought not to find fault with what is done for the benefit of the whole; or there are only atoms, and nothing else than a mixture and dispersion. Why, then, art thou disturbed? Say to this ruling faculty, Art thou dead, art thou corrupted, art thou playing the hypocrite, art thou become a beast, dost thou herd and feed with the rest? Marcus Aurelius
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And finally remember that nothing harms him who is really a citizen, which does not harm the state; nor yet does anything harm the state which does not harm law [order]; and of these things which are called misfortunes not one harms law. What then does not harm law does not harm either state or citizen. Marcus Aurelius
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From Plato: the man who has an elevated mind and takes a view of all time and of all substance, dost thou suppose it possible for him to think that human life is anything great? It is not possible, he said. Such a man then will think that death also is no evil. Marcus Aurelius
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Consider thyself to be dead, and to have completed thy life up to the present time; and live according to nature the remainder which is allowed thee. Marcus Aurelius
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Consider that everything is opinion, and opinion is in thy power. Marcus Aurelius
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Find time still to be learning somewhat good, and give up being desultory. 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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