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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Everything is in a state of metamorphosis. Thou thyself art in everlasting change and in corruption to correspond; so is the whole universe. 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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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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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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In this flowing stream, then, on which there is no abiding, what is there of the things which hurry by on which a man would set a high price? It would be just as if a man should fall in love with one of the sparrows which fly by, but it has already passed out of sight. 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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Observe and contemplate on the hidden things of life: how a man's seed is but the beginning, it takes others to bring it to fruition. Think how food undergoes such changes to produce health and strength. See the power of these hidden things which, like the wind cannot been seen, but its effects can be. Marcus Aurelius
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Accustom yourself not to be disregarding of what someone else has to say: as far as possible enter into the mind of the speaker. Marcus Aurelius
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Everything is mere opinion. 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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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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