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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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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 man who doesn't know what the universe is doesn't know where he lives. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Look beneath the surface; let not the several quality of a thing nor its worth escape thee. Marcus Aurelius
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A little flesh, a little breath, and a Reason to rule all - that is myself. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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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
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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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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
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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 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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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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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
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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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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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