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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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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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There is change in all things. You yourself are subject to continual change and some decay, and this is common to the entire universe. Marcus Aurelius
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Don't let your imagination be crushed by life as a whole. Marcus Aurelius
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Whatever may happen to you was prepared for you from all eternity; and the implication of causes was from eternity spinning the thread of your being. Marcus Aurelius
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Either an ordered Universe or a medley heaped together mechanically but still an order; or can order subsist in you and disorder in the Whole! And that, too, when all things are so distinguished and yet intermingled and sympathetic. Marcus Aurelius
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Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect. Marcus Aurelius
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Neither worse then or better is a thing made by being praised. Marcus Aurelius
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The happiness and unhappiness of the rational, social animal depends not on what he feels but on what he does; just as his virtue and vice consist not in feeling but in doing. Marcus Aurelius
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A person's life is dyed with the color of his imagination. Marcus Aurelius
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Say to yourself in the early morning: I shall meet today ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, uncharitable men. All of these things have come upon them through ignorance of real good and ill... I can neither be harmed by any of them, for no man will involve me in wrong, nor can I be angry with my kinsman or hate him; for we have come into the world to work together... Marcus Aurelius
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Everything that happens either happens in such a way as you are formed by nature to bear it, or as you are not formed by nature to bear it. Marcus Aurelius
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Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours. Marcus Aurelius
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It is in your power to withdraw yourself whenever you desire. Perfect tranquility within consists in the good ordering of the mind, the realm of your own. Marcus Aurelius
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The body of an actor can be either his best friend or his worst enemy. Marcus Aurelius
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All things are in the act of change; thou thyself in ceaseless transformation and partial decay, and the whole universe with thee. Marcus Aurelius
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Let no act be done without purpose. Marcus Aurelius
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Infinity is a fathomless gulf, into which all things vanish. Marcus Aurelius
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Always follow these two rules: first, act only on what your reasoning mind proposes for the good of humanity, and second, change your opinion if someone shows you it's wrong. This change of mind must proceed only from the conviction that it's both correct and for the common good, but not because it will give you pleasure and make you popular. Marcus Aurelius
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A man's happiness,-to do the things proper to man. Marcus Aurelius
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Remember that the sole life which a man can lose is that which he is living at the moment. Marcus Aurelius
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For outward show is a wonderful perverter of the reason. Marcus Aurelius
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Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself. Marcus Aurelius
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Consider, for example, and you will find that almost all the transactions in the time of Vespasian differed little from those of the present day. You there find marrying and giving in marriage, educating children, sickness, death, war, joyous holidays, traffic, agriculture, flatterers, insolent pride, suspicions, laying of plots, longing for the death of others, newsmongers, lovers, misers, men canvassing far the consulship and for the kingdom; yet all these passed away, and are nowhere. Marcus Aurelius
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A rational nature admits of nothing but what is serviceable to the rest of mankind. Marcus Aurelius
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Can we wonder that men perish and are forgotten, when their noblest and most enduring works decay? Death comes even to monumental structures, and oblivion rests on the most illustrious names. Marcus Aurelius
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It is possible to depart from life at this moment. Have this thought in mind whenever you act, speak, or think. Marcus Aurelius
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So you know how things stand. Now forget what they think of you. Be satisfied if you can live the rest of your life, however short, as your nature demands. Focus on that, and don't let anything distract you. You've wandered all over and finally realized that you never found what you were after: how to live. Not in syllogisms, not in money, or fame, or self-indulgence. Nowhere. Marcus Aurelius
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Objective judgement, now, at this very moment. Unselfish action, now, at this very moment. Willing acceptance - now, at this very moment - of all external events. That's all you need. Marcus Aurelius
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Remember: Matter: how tiny your share of it. Time: how brief and fleeting your allotment of it. Fate: how small a role you play in it. Marcus Aurelius
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The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. Marcus Aurelius
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You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. Marcus Aurelius
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Confine yourself to the present. Marcus Aurelius
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Nature insists on whatever benefits the whole. Marcus Aurelius
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Thanks to the gods I didn't spend much time while growing up with my grandfather's mistress and preserved the flower of my youth, waiting for the proper time to demonstrate my virility. Marcus Aurelius
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If man reflects on the changes and transformations which follow one another like wave after wave and their rapidity, he will despise everything which is perishable. Marcus Aurelius
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He who flies from his master is a runaway; but the law is master, and he who breaks the law is a runaway. And he also who is grieved or angry or afraid, is dissatisfied because something has been or is or shall be of the things which are appointed by Him who rules all things, and He is Law, and assigns to every man what is fit. He then who fears or is grieved or is angry is a runaway. Marcus Aurelius
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But that which is useful is the better. Marcus Aurelius
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It is a base thing for the countenance to be obedient and to regulate and compose itself as the mind commands, and for the mind not to be regulated and composed by itself. Marcus Aurelius
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Have I done something for the general interest? Well then I have had my reward. Let this always be present to thy mind, and never stop doing such good. Marcus Aurelius
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If any man can convince me and bring home to me that which I do not think or act aright, gladly will I change; for I search after truth, by which man never yet was harmed. But he is harmed who abideth on still in his deception and ignorance. Marcus Aurelius
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The substance of the universe is obedient and compliant; and the reason which governs it has in itself no cause for doing evil, for it has no malice, nor does it do evil to anything, nor is anything harmed by it. But all things are made and perfected according to this reason. Marcus Aurelius
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Consider in what condition both in body and soul a man should be when he is overtaken by death; and consider the shortness of life, the boundless abyss of time past and future, the feebleness of all matter. Marcus Aurelius
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We are born for synergy, just like the feet, just like the hands, just like the eyes, just like the rows of upper and lower teeth. Working against each other is unnatural, and being annoyed and turning one's back is counterproductive. Marcus Aurelius
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Remember that man's life lies all within this present; as for the rest, the past is gone, the future yet unseen. Marcus Aurelius
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The greatest part of what we say and do is really unnecessary. If a man takes this to heart, he will have more leisure and less uneasiness. Marcus Aurelius
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The whole contains nothing that is not for its advantage. By remembering that I am part of such a whole, I shall be content with everything that happens. Marcus Aurelius
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Severally on the occasion of everything that thou doest, pause and ask thyself, if death is a dreadful thing because it deprives thee of this. Marcus Aurelius
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You should banish any thoughts of how you may appear to others. Marcus Aurelius
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People exist for one another. Marcus Aurelius
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Each of us needs what nature gives us, when nature gives us. Marcus Aurelius
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Constantly regard the universe as one living being, having one substance and one soul; and observe how all things have reference to one perception, the perception of this one living being; and how all things act with one movement; and how all things are the cooperating causes of all things which exist; observe too the continuous spinning of the thread and the contexture of the web. Marcus Aurelius
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Men exist for each other. Then either improve them, or put up with them. Marcus Aurelius
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Leave other people's mistakes where they lie. Marcus Aurelius
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Light may earth's crumbling sand be laid on thee, that dogs may dig thy bones up easily Marcus Aurelius
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Give thyself time to learn something new and good, and cease to be whirled around. Marcus Aurelius
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Such as are thy habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of thy mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts. Marcus Aurelius
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Why should anyone be afraid of change? What can take place without it? What can be more pleasing or more suitable to universal nature? Can you take your bath without the firewood undergoing a change? Can you eat without the food undergoing a change? And can anything useful be done without change? Don't you see that for you to change is just the same, and is equally necessary for universal nature? Marcus Aurelius
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We are the other of the other Marcus Aurelius
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