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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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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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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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The man who doesn't know what the universe is doesn't know where he lives. Marcus Aurelius
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Whatever may happen to thee, it was prepared for thee from all eternity; and the implication of causes was from eternity spinning the thread of thy being and of that which is incident to it. Marcus Aurelius
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Look well into thyself; there is a source which will always spring up if thou wilt always search there. 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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What we cannot bear removes us from life; what remains can be borne. 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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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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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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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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For outward show is a wonderful perverter of the reason. 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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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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Love only what befalls you and is spun for you by fate. 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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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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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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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 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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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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