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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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For outward show is a wonderful perverter of the reason. 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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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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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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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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A man should remove not only unnecessary acts, but also unnecessary thoughts, for then superfluous activity will not follow. 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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It is a ridiculous thing for a man not to fly from his own badness, which is indeed possible, but to fly from other men's badness, which is impossible. Marcus Aurelius
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You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can't control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone. Marcus Aurelius
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Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize? Marcus Aurelius
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Do not be ashamed of help. Marcus Aurelius
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Since it is possible that thou mayest depart from life this very moment, regulate every act and thought accordingly. But to go away from among men, if there are gods, is not a thing to be afraid of, for the gods will not involve thee in evil; but if indeed they do not exist, or if they have no concern about human affairs, what is it to me to live in a universe devoid of gods or devoid of Providence? But Gods there are, undoubtedly, and they regard human affairs; and have put it wholly in our power, that we should not fall into what is truly evil. Marcus Aurelius
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Don't be ashamed to need help. Like a soldier storming a wall, you have a mission to accomplish. And if you've been wounded and you need a comrade to pull you up? So what? Marcus Aurelius
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Glory arrives too late when it comes only to one's ashes Marcus Aurelius
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What is not good for the swarm is not good for the bee. Marcus Aurelius
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As the same fire assumes different shapes When it consumes objects differing in shape, So does the one Self take the shape Of every creature in whom he is present. Marcus Aurelius
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Live not one's life as though one had a thousand years, but live each day as the last. Marcus Aurelius
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Observe constantly that all things take place by change. 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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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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