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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

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

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

Reverence the gods, and help men. Short is life. Marcus Aurelius

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

Socrates used to call the opinions of the many by the name of Lamiae, bugbears to frighten children. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

The rottenness of the matter which is the foundation of everything! Marcus Aurelius

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

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

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

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

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

Consider that everything is opinion, and opinion is in thy power. Marcus Aurelius

Find time still to be learning somewhat good, and give up being desultory. Marcus Aurelius

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

Don't let your imagination be crushed by life as a whole. Marcus Aurelius

If anyone can refute me-show me I'm making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective-I'l l gladly change. It's the truth I'm after, and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

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

The body of an actor can be either his best friend or his worst enemy. Marcus Aurelius

A person's life is dyed with the color of his imagination. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

We are the other of the other Marcus Aurelius

Look beneath the surface; let not the several quality of a thing nor its worth escape thee. Marcus Aurelius

A little flesh, a little breath, and a Reason to rule all - that is myself. Marcus Aurelius

People who labor all their lives but have no purpose to direct every thought and impulse toward are wasting their time-even when hard at work. Marcus Aurelius

As far as you can, get into the habit of asking yourself in relation to any action taken by another: "What is his point of reference here?" But begin with yourself: examine yourself first. Marcus Aurelius

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

Men exist for each other. Then either improve them, or put up with them. Marcus Aurelius

Leave other people's mistakes where they lie. Marcus Aurelius

Light may earth's crumbling sand be laid on thee, that dogs may dig thy bones up easily Marcus Aurelius

Give thyself time to learn something new and good, and cease to be whirled around. Marcus Aurelius

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

Your disposition will be suitable to that which you most frequently think on; for the soul is, as it were, tinged with the color and complexion of its own thoughts. Marcus Aurelius

Remember that man's life lies all within this present; as for the rest, the past is gone, the future yet unseen. Marcus Aurelius

Never value anything as profitable to thyself which shall compel thee to break thy promise, to lose thy self-respect, to hate any man, to suspect, to curse, to act the hypocrite, to desire anything which needs walls and curtains. Marcus Aurelius

That which makes the man no worse than he was makes his life no worse: it has no power to harm, without or within. Marcus Aurelius

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

A man's happiness,-to do the things proper to man. Marcus Aurelius

Remember that the sole life which a man can lose is that which he is living at the moment. Marcus Aurelius

He who does wrong does wrong against himself. He who acts unjustly acts unjustly to himself, because he makes himself bad. Marcus Aurelius

Be not careless in deeds, nor confused in words, nor rambling in thought. Marcus Aurelius

This is moral perfection: to live each day as though it were the last; to be tranquil, sincere, yet not indifferent to one's fate. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

This is the chief thing: be not perturbed, for all things are according to the nature of the universal. Marcus Aurelius

Love only what befalls you and is spun for you by fate. Marcus Aurelius

Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself. Marcus Aurelius

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

A rational nature admits of nothing but what is serviceable to the rest of mankind. Marcus Aurelius

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

It is possible to depart from life at this moment. Have this thought in mind whenever you act, speak, or think. Marcus Aurelius

Think on this doctrine,-that reasoning beings were created for one another's sake; that to be patient is a branch of justice, and that men sin without intending it. Marcus Aurelius

For outward show is a wonderful perverter of the reason. Marcus Aurelius

How many together with whom I came into the world are already gone out of it. Marcus Aurelius

Ifit be a thing external that causes thy grief, know, that it is not that properly that doth cause it, but thine own conceit and opinion concerning the thing: which thou mayest rid thyself of, when thou wilt. Marcus Aurelius

Understand however that every man is worth just so much as the things are worth about which he busies himself. Marcus Aurelius

Everywhere and at all times it is in thy power piously to acquiesce in thy present condition, and to behave justly to those who are about thee, and to exert thy skill upon thy present thoughts, that nothing shall steal into them without being well examined. Marcus Aurelius

Retire into thyself. The rational principle which rules has this nature, that it is content with itself when it does what is just, and so secures tranquility. Marcus Aurelius

Remember that neither the future nor the past pains thee, but only the present. But this is reduced to a very little, if thou only circumscribest it, and chidest thy mind, if it is unable to hold out against even this. Marcus Aurelius

All things are in the act of change; thou thyself in ceaseless transformation and partial decay, and the whole universe with thee. Marcus Aurelius

Let no act be done without purpose. Marcus Aurelius

Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it. Marcus Aurelius

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

You should banish any thoughts of how you may appear to others. Marcus Aurelius

People exist for one another. Marcus Aurelius



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