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“The memory of everything is very soon overwhelmed in time.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“Observe always that everything is the result of change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and make new ones like them.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“Do not waste what remains of your life in speculating about your neighbors, unless with a view to some mutual benefit. To wonder what so-and-so is doing and why, or what he is saying, or thinking, or scheming—in a word, anything that distracts you from fidelity to the ruler within you—means a loss of opportunity for some other task.”
Marcus Aurelius
“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
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, Meditations
“If any man despises me, that is his problem. My only concern is not doing or saying anything deserving of contempt.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.”
Marcus Aurelius, The Meditations of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
“A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgement of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgement now.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“Do not act as if you had ten thousand years to throw away. Death stands at your elbow. Be good for something while you live and it is in your power.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“Or is it your reputation that's bothering you? But look at how soon we're all forgotten. The abyss of endless time that swallows it all. The emptiness of those applauding hands. The people who praise us; how capricious they are, how arbitrary. And the tiny region it takes place. The whole earth a point in space - and most of it uninhabited.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“That which is really beautiful has no need of anything; not more than law, not more than truth, not more than benevolence or modesty.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“Pass then through this little space of time conformably to nature, and end thy journey in content, just as an olive falls off when it is ripe, blessing nature who produced it, and thanking the tree on which it grew.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“A person's worth is measured by the worth of what he values.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“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, The Emperor's Handbook
“Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“Confine yourself to the present.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“Misfortune nobly born is good fortune.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“The happiness of those who want to be popular depends on others; the happiness of those who seek pleasure fluctuates with moods outside their control; but the happiness of the wise grows out of their own free acts.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“Take full account of what Excellencies you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“What we cannot bear removes us from life; what remains can be borne.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing, in so far as it stands ready against the accidental and the unforeseen, and is not apt to fall.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“I was once a fortunate man but at some point fortune abandoned me.
But true good fortune is what you make for yourself. Good fortune: good character, good intentions, and good actions.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“Is your cucumber bitter? Throw it away. Are there briars in your path? Turn aside. That is enough. Do not go on and say, "Why were things of this sort ever brought into this world?" neither intolerable nor everlasting - if thou bearest in mind that it has its limits, and if thou addest nothing to it in imagination. Pain is either an evil to the body (then let the body say what it thinks of it!)-or to the soul. But it is in the power of the soul to maintain its own serenity and tranquility. . . .”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“Unhappy am I because this has happened to me.- Not so, but happy am I, though this has happened to me, because I continue free from pain, neither crushed by the present nor fearing the future.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“All men are made one for another: either then teach them better or bear with them.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“Life is opinion.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“A man must stand erect, not be kept erect by others.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“When you arise in the moring, think of what a precious privelege it is to be alive-- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


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