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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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We are the other of the other 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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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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For it is in your power to retire into yourself whenever you choose. 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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The one thing worth living for is to keep one's soul pure. Marcus Aurelius
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The universal nature out of the universal substance, as if it were wax, now molds a horse, and when it has broken this up, it uses the material for a tree, then for a man, then for something else... Marcus Aurelius
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The soul is dyed by the thoughts. Dye it then, with a continuous series of such thoughts as these - that where a man can live, there - if he will - he can also live well. Marcus Aurelius
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Reason and the reasoning faculty need no foreign assistance, but are sufficient for their own purposes. They move within themselves, and make directly for the point in view. Wherefore, acts in accordance with them are called right acts, for they lead along the right road. Marcus Aurelius
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I bless the gods for not letting my education in rhetoric, poetry, and other literary studies come easily to me, and thereby sparing me from an absorbing interest in these subjects. Marcus Aurelius
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Look deep into the hearts of men, and see what delights and disgusts the wise. Marcus Aurelius
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It is a disgrace to let ignorance and vanity do more with us than prudence and principle. Marcus Aurelius
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If mind is common to us, then also the reason, whereby we are reasoning beings, is common.' If this be so, then also the reason which enjoins what is to be done or left undone is common. If this be so, law also is common; if this be so, we are citizens; if this be so, we are partakers in one constitution; if this be so, the Universe is a kind of Commonwealth. Marcus Aurelius
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Rememberest the gods, and that they wish not to be flattered, but wish all reasonable beings to be made like themselves; and... rememberest that what does the work of a fig-tree is a fig-tree, and that what does the work of a dog is a dog, and that what does the work of a bee is a bee, and that what does the work of a man is a man. Marcus Aurelius
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Waste not the remnant of thy life in those imaginations touching other folk, whereby thou contributest not to the common weal. 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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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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