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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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