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256 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 180
“...because most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you'll have more time and more tranquillity. Ask yourself at every moment, is this necessary…”
“...so long as the law is safe, so is the city and the citizen…”.
“...to say what you don't think - the definition of absurdity…”.
“...Not to be constantly telling people that I am too busy, unless I really am. Similarly, not to be always ducking my responsibilities to the people around me because of "pressing business"..."
“...it makes you betray a trust, or lose your sense of shame, or make you show hatred, suspicion, ill will, or hypocrisy, or a desire for things best done behind closed doors.
“...they are drawn toward what they think is good for them, but if it is not good for them then prove it to them instead of losing your temper…”
“...Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now take what's left and live it properly…”
“...not to live as if you had endless years in front of you. Death overshadows you. While you're alive and able, be good…”
“...how much more damage anger and grief do than the things that cause them…”
“...whatever happens to you has been waiting to happen since the beginning of time. The twining strands of fate wove both of them together: your own existence and the things that happen to you. ..”
„Lasă deoparte cărţile! Nu te mai chinui...” (II: 2)
„Înlătură setea de cărţi, ca să nu mori cîrtind, ci cu adevărat senin şi recunoscător din toată inima zeilor” (II: 3).
„În textul lumii, nu fi un vers prost” .
لوسيلا، وروس را به خاك سپرد، سپس نوبت خودش فرا رسيد. سكوندا، ماكسيموس را دفن كرد و آن گاه نوبت خودش شد. اپيتينكانوس، ديوتيموس را تا دم مرگ مشايعت كرد و بعد از چندى خود نيز جان سپرد... كجايند آن مردان هوشمند، آن مردان بصير، آن مردان پرشكوه؟ همگى مدت هاست كه از دنيا رفته اند... به سنگ نبشته هاى گورها بينديش: «آخرين فرد خاندانش». اجدادش چه رنج هايى را بر خود هموار كرده بودند تا وارثى داشته باشند، ولى سر انجام كسى بايد آخرين نفر مى بود و با مرگ او خاندانى از ميان رفته است.
It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own.
"If you want to gain control of pain,
open up this blessed book
and enter deep within it.
Its wealth of philosophy will bring you
to see with ease all the future,
the present, and the past,
and you will see that joy and distress
have no more power than smoke." - One of Marcus' Greek readers.