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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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Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be, become one yourself! Marcus Aurelius
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Love only what befalls you and is spun for you by fate. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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Death is a release from the impressions of sense, and from impulses that make us their puppets, from the vagaries of the mind, and the hard service of the flesh. 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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No state sorrier than that of the man who keeps up a continual round, and pries into the secrets of the nether world, as saith the poet, and is curious in conjecture of what is in his neighbour's heart. Marcus Aurelius
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How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy. Marcus Aurelius
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Be thou erect, or be made erect. Marcus Aurelius
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A little time and I am dead, and all is gone. Marcus Aurelius
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What then does not harm law does not harm either state or citizen. 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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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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The passing minute is every man's equal possession, but what has once gone by is not ours. Marcus Aurelius
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Here is a rule to remember in future, when anything tempts you to feel bitter: not, This is a misfortune, but To bear this worthily is good fortune. Marcus Aurelius
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Let your one delight and refreshment be to pass from one service to the community to another, with God ever in mind. Marcus Aurelius
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It is a shameful thing for the soul to faint while the body still perseveres. Marcus Aurelius
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Think of all the years passed by in which you said to yourself "I'll do it tomorrow," and how the gods have again and again granted you periods of grace of which you have not availed yourself. It is time to realize that you are a member of the Universe, that you are born of Nature itself, and to know that a limit has been set to your time. Use every moment wisely, to perceive your inner refulgence, or 'twill be gone and nevermore within your reach. Marcus Aurelius
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Mark how fleeting and paltry is the estate of man-yesterday in embryo, tomorrow a mummy or ashes. So for the hairsbreadth of time assigned to thee, live rationally, and part with life cheerfully, as drops the ripe olive, extolling the season that bore it and the tree that matured it. Marcus Aurelius
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How powerful is man! He is able to do all that God wishes him to do. He is able to accept all that God sends upon him. Marcus Aurelius
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Remember that man lives only in the present, in this fleeting instant; all the rest of his life is either past and gone, or not yet revealed. Marcus Aurelius
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Stick to what's in front of you - idea, action, utterance. Marcus Aurelius
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Remember this-that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life. Marcus Aurelius
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Tranquility is nothing else than the good ordering of the mind. Marcus Aurelius
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Unhappy am I because this has happened to me.- Not so, but happy am I, though this has happened to me, because I continue free from pain, neither crushed by the present nor fearing the future. Marcus Aurelius
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Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. Marcus Aurelius
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The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. Marcus Aurelius
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Whatever anyone does or says, I must be emerald and keep my colour. Marcus Aurelius
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If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed. Marcus Aurelius
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A man should always have these two rules in readiness. First, to do only what the reason of your ruling and legislating faculties suggest for the service of man. Second, to change your opinion whenever anyone at hand sets you right and unsettles you in an opinion, but this change of opinion should come only because you are persuaded that something is just or to the public advantage, not because it appears pleasant or increases your reputation. Marcus Aurelius
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Take it that you have died today, and your life's story is ended; and henceforward regard what future time may be given you as uncovenanted surplus, and live it out in harmony with nature. Marcus Aurelius
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Let thine occupations be few, saith the sage, if thou wouldst lead a tranquil life. Marcus Aurelius
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The noblest kind of retribution is not to become like your enemy. Marcus Aurelius
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Love the little trade which thou hast learned, and be content therewith. Marcus Aurelius
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The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way. Marcus Aurelius
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Choose not to be harmed and you won't feel harmed. Don't feel harmed and you haven't been. Marcus Aurelius
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Death hangs over thee, While thou still live, while thou may, do good. Marcus Aurelius
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Dig inside. Inside is the fountain of good, and it will forever flow, if you will forever dig. Marcus Aurelius
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The true joy of humankind is in doing that which is most proper to our nature; and the first property of people is to be kindly affected towards them that are of one kind with ourselves. Marcus Aurelius
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You need to be prepared for firm decisions and action, without losing gentleness towards those who obstruct or abuse you. It's as great a weakness to be angry with them as it is to abandon your plan of action and give up through fear. Marcus Aurelius
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