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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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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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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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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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Within ten days thou wilt seem a god to those to whom thou art now a beast and an ape, if thou wilt return to thy principles and the worship of reason. Marcus Aurelius
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If souls continue to exist, how does the air contain them from eternity? 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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Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig. Marcus Aurelius
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He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. Marcus Aurelius
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Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too. Marcus Aurelius
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A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires. Marcus Aurelius
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Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that you shall live. 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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What we cannot bear removes us from life; what remains can be borne. 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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?"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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It is not the actions of others which trouble us (for those actions are controlled by their governing part), but rather it is our own judgments. Therefore remove those judgments and resolve to let go of your anger, and it will already be gone. How do you let go? By realizing that such actions are not shameful to you. Marcus Aurelius
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Keep yourself simple, good, pure, serious, and unassuming; the friend of justice and godliness; kindly, affectionate, and resolute in your devotion to duty. Marcus Aurelius
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Remember that all is opinion. For what was said by the Cynic Monimus is manifest: and manifest too is the use of what was said, if a man receives what may be got out of it as far as it is true. Marcus Aurelius
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Above, below, all around are the movements of the elements. But the motion of virtue is in none of these: it is something more divine, and advancing by a way hardly observed it goes happily on its road. Marcus Aurelius
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It is a shame for the soul to be first to give way in this life, when thy body does not give way. Marcus Aurelius
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Live your life as if you are ready to say goodbye to it at any moment, as if the time left for you were some pleasant surprise. Marcus Aurelius
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The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing; the main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unseen attack. Marcus Aurelius
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Let every action aim solely at the common good. Marcus Aurelius
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In one way an arrow moves, in another way the mind. The mind indeed, both when it exercises caution and when it is employed about inquiry, moves straight onward not the less, and to its object. Marcus Aurelius
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The perfection of moral character consists in this, in passing every day as the last, and in being neither violently excited nor torpid nor playing the hypocrite. Marcus Aurelius
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They know not how many things are signified by the words stealing, sowing, buying, keeping quiet, seeing what ought to be done; for this is not effected by the eyes, but by another kind of vision. Marcus Aurelius
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My city and state are Rome. But as a human being? The world. So for me, "good" can only mean what's good for both communities. Marcus Aurelius
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No one can keep you from living as your nature requires. Nothings can happen to you that is not required by Nature. Marcus Aurelius
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The main thing we were made for is to work with others. Marcus Aurelius
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We are born for cooperation 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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There is no misfortune, but to bear it nobly is good fortune. Marcus Aurelius
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He would be the finer gentleman that should leave the world without having tasted of lying or pretence of any sort, or of wantonness or conceit. Marcus Aurelius
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I have often wondered how it is everyone loves himself more than the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than the opinions of others. Marcus Aurelius
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Whatever may happen to thee, it was prepared for thee from all eternity; and the implication of causes was from eternity spinning the thread of thy being and of that which is incident to it. Marcus Aurelius
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Look well into thyself; there is a source which will always spring up if thou wilt always search there. 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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Say to yourself in the early morning: I shall meet today inquisitive, ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, uncharitable men. All these things have come upon them through ignorance of real good and ill. Marcus Aurelius
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Though thou be destined to live three thousand years and as many myriads besides, yet remember that no man loseth other life than that which he liveth, nor liveth other than that which he loseth. Marcus Aurelius
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Let no act be done at haphazard, nor otherwise than according to the finished rules that govern its kind. Marcus Aurelius
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By a tranquil mind I mean nothing else than a mind well ordered. Marcus Aurelius
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Is any man afraid of change? Why what can take place without change? Marcus Aurelius
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From Antisthenes: It is royal to do good and be abused. Marcus Aurelius
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And virtue they will curse, speaking harsh words. Marcus Aurelius
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The most complete revenge is not to imitate the aggressor. 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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