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Marcus Aurelius
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Each of us needs what nature gives us, when nature gives us. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be thou erect, or be made erect. Marcus Aurelius

What then does not harm law does not harm either state or citizen. Marcus Aurelius

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

The passing minute is every man's equal possession, but what has once gone by is not ours. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

The best revenge is not to be like your enemy. Marcus Aurelius

Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect. Marcus Aurelius

Neither worse then or better is a thing made by being praised. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. Marcus Aurelius

Confine yourself to the present. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

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

Infinity is a fathomless gulf, into which all things vanish. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live. Marcus Aurelius

Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears. Marcus Aurelius

Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability. Marcus Aurelius

Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already. Marcus Aurelius

Execute every act of thy life as though it were thy last. Marcus Aurelius

Begin - to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished. Marcus Aurelius

Poverty is the mother of crime. Marcus Aurelius

Tomorrow is nothing, today is too late; the good lived yesterday. Marcus Aurelius

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

Perhaps there are none more lazy, or more truly ignorant, than your everlasting readers. Marcus Aurelius

Be content with what you are, and wish not change; nor dread your last day, nor long for it. Marcus Aurelius

Nature insists on whatever benefits the whole. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

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

But that which is useful is the better. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

Let your one delight and refreshment be to pass from one service to the community to another, with God ever in mind. Marcus Aurelius

It is a shameful thing for the soul to faint while the body still perseveres. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

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

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

Stick to what's in front of you - idea, action, utterance. Marcus Aurelius

Bear in mind that the measure of a man is the worth of the things he cares about. If it is good to say or do something, then it is even better to be criticized for having said or done it. Marcus Aurelius

Blot out vain pomp; check impulse; quench appetite; keep reason under its own control. Marcus Aurelius

A man should remove not only unnecessary acts, but also unnecessary thoughts, for then superfluous activity will not follow. Marcus Aurelius

Death hangs over thee, While thou still live, while thou may, do good. Marcus Aurelius

Dig inside. Inside is the fountain of good, and it will forever flow, if you will forever dig. Marcus Aurelius

In the case of all things which have a certain constitution, whatever harm may happen to any of them, that which is affected becomes consequently worse; but in like case, a man becomes both better... and more worthy of praise, by making the right use of these accidents. Marcus Aurelius

Only to the rational animal is it given to follow voluntarily what happens; but simply to follow is a necessity imposed on all. Marcus Aurelius

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

Let thine occupations be few, saith the sage, if thou wouldst lead a tranquil life. Marcus Aurelius

The noblest kind of retribution is not to become like your enemy. Marcus Aurelius

Love the little trade which thou hast learned, and be content therewith. Marcus Aurelius

The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way. Marcus Aurelius

Choose not to be harmed and you won't feel harmed. Don't feel harmed and you haven't been. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

Don't go on discussing what a good person should be. Just be one. Marcus Aurelius

The inner master, when confronted with an obstacle, uses it as fuel, like a fire which consumes things that are thrown into it. A small lamp would be snuffed out, but a big fire will engulf what is thrown at it and burn hotter; it consumes the obstacle and uses it to reach a higher level. Marcus Aurelius



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