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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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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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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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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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Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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A rational nature admits of nothing but what is serviceable to the rest of mankind. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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It is possible to depart from life at this moment. Have this thought in mind whenever you act, speak, or think. 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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What then does not harm law does not harm either state or citizen. 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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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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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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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
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You should banish any thoughts of how you may appear to others. Marcus Aurelius
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People exist for one another. Marcus Aurelius
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Each of us needs what nature gives us, when nature gives us. Marcus Aurelius
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The greatest part of what we say and do is really unnecessary. If a man takes this to heart, he will have more leisure and less uneasiness. Marcus Aurelius
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The whole contains nothing that is not for its advantage. By remembering that I am part of such a whole, I shall be content with everything that happens. 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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The substance of the universe is obedient and compliant; and the reason which governs it has in itself no cause for doing evil, for it has no malice, nor does it do evil to anything, nor is anything harmed by it. But all things are made and perfected according to this reason. Marcus Aurelius
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Consider in what condition both in body and soul a man should be when he is overtaken by death; and consider the shortness of life, the boundless abyss of time past and future, the feebleness of all matter. Marcus Aurelius
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We are born for synergy, just like the feet, just like the hands, just like the eyes, just like the rows of upper and lower teeth. Working against each other is unnatural, and being annoyed and turning one's back is counterproductive. Marcus Aurelius
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If any man can convince me and bring home to me that which I do not think or act aright, gladly will I change; for I search after truth, by which man never yet was harmed. But he is harmed who abideth on still in his deception and ignorance. 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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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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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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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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The constant recollection of death is the test of human conduct. Marcus Aurelius
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To them that ask: Where hast thou seen the Gods, or how knowest thou certainly that there be Gods, that thou art so devout in their worship? I answer: Neither have I seen my own soul, and yet I respect and honor it. Marcus Aurelius
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Every moment think steadily as a Roman and a man to do what thou hast in hand with perfect and simple dignity, and feeling of affection, and freedom, and justice; and to give thyself relief from all other thoughts. And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last, laying aside all carelessness and passionate aversion from the commands of reason, and all hypocrisy, and self-love, and discontent with the portion which has been given to thee. Marcus Aurelius
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In the morning, when you are sluggish about getting up, let this thought be present: 'I am rising to a man's work.' Marcus Aurelius
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Be not disgusted, nor discouraged, nor dissatisfied, if thou dost not succeed in doing everything according to right principles; but when thou bast failed, return back again, and be content if the greater part of what thou doest is consistent with man's nature, and love this to which thou returnest Marcus Aurelius
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When jarred, unavoidably, by circumstance revert at once to yourself and don't lose the rhythm more than you can help. You'll have a better grasp of harmony if you keep going back to it. 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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If you separate from . . . everything you have done in the past, everything that disturbs you about the future . . . and apply yourself to living the life that you are living-that is to say, the present-you can live all the time that remains to you until your death in calm, benevolence, and serenity. Marcus Aurelius
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In the end, what would you gain from everlasting remembrance? Absolutely nothing. So what is left worth living for? This alone: justice in thought, goodness in action, speech that cannot deceive, and a disposition glad of whatever comes, welcoming it as necessary, as familiar, as flowing from the same source and fountain as yourself. Marcus Aurelius
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From the philosopher Catulus, never to be dismissive of a friend's accusation, even if it seems unreasonable, but to make every effort to restore the relationship to its normal condition. Marcus Aurelius
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Our life is what our thoughts make it. Do every act of your life as if it were your last. In a word, your life is short. You must make the most of the present with the aid of reason and justice. Since it is possible that you may be quitting life this very moment, govern every act and thought accordingly. Marcus Aurelius
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Don't go on discussing what a good person should be. Just be one. Marcus Aurelius
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For it is in your power to retire into yourself whenever you choose. Marcus Aurelius
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One man is proud when he has caught a poor hare, and another when he has taken a little fish in a net, and another when he has taken wild boars, and another when he has taken bears ... Are these not robbers? Marcus Aurelius
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If the gods care not for me and for my children, There is a reason for it. Marcus Aurelius
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The ruling power within, when it is in its natural state, is so related to outer circumstances that it easily changes to accord with what can be done and what is given it to do. Marcus Aurelius
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