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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also. Marcus Aurelius
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Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live. Marcus Aurelius
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Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears. Marcus Aurelius
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Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability. Marcus Aurelius
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Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already. Marcus Aurelius
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Execute every act of thy life as though it were thy last. Marcus Aurelius
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Begin - to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished. Marcus Aurelius
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Poverty is the mother of crime. Marcus Aurelius
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Tomorrow is nothing, today is too late; the good lived yesterday. Marcus Aurelius
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Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise. Marcus Aurelius
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Perhaps there are none more lazy, or more truly ignorant, than your everlasting readers. Marcus Aurelius
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Be content with what you are, and wish not change; nor dread your last day, nor long for it. Marcus Aurelius
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Infinity is a fathomless gulf, into which all things vanish. Marcus Aurelius
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Take away your opinion, and then there is taken away the complaint, 'I have been harmed.' Take away the complaint, 'I have been harmed,' and the harm is taken away. 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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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
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If someone can prove me wrong and show me my mistake in any thought or action, I shall gladly change. I seek the truth, which never harmed anyone: the harm is to persist in one's own self-deception and ignorance. Marcus Aurelius
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The best revenge is not to be like your enemy. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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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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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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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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This is the chief thing: be not perturbed, for all things are according to the nature of the universal. Marcus Aurelius
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He who does wrong does wrong against himself. He who acts unjustly acts unjustly to himself, because he makes himself bad. Marcus Aurelius
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Be not careless in deeds, nor confused in words, nor rambling in thought. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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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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Love only what befalls you and is spun for you by fate. Marcus Aurelius
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How many together with whom I came into the world are already gone out of it. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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Understand however that every man is worth just so much as the things are worth about which he busies himself. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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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
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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
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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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