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It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinions than our own.
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You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
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If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.
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The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
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Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back.
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Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
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Poverty is the mother of crime. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Poverty is the mother of crime.
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The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.
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The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.
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When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
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The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.
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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.
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Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
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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.
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Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.
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If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
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The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject.
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You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can't control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone.
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Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?
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A man's true greatness lies in the consciousness of an honest purpose in life, founded on a just estimate of himself and everything else, on frequent self-examinations, and a steady obedience to the rule which he knows to be right, without troubling himself about what others may think or say, or whether they do or do not that which he thinks and says and does.
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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?'
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Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
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Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.
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Perhaps there are none more lazy, or more truly ignorant, than your everlasting readers. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Perhaps there are none more lazy, or more truly ignorant, than your everlasting readers.
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It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
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What we do in life ripples in eternity. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
What we do in life ripples in eternity.
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The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.
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One of the recurring themes in Marcus' handbook is leadership's responsibility to work intelligently with what it is given and not waste time fantasizing about a world of flawless people and perfect choices.
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Death smiles at us all, all a man can do is smile back. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Death smiles at us all, all a man can do is smile back.
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Our anger and annoyance are more detrimental to us than the things themselves which anger or annoy us.
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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.
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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.
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Our life is what our thoughts make it. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Our life is what our thoughts make it.
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Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.
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Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.
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Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself.
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I'm going to be meeting with people today who talk too much - people who are selfish, egotistical, ungrateful. But I won't be surprised or disturbed, for I can't imagine a world without such people.
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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.
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All things are linked with one another, and this oneness is sacred; there is nothing that is not interconnected with everything else. For things are interdependent, and they combine to form this universal order. There is only one universe made up of all things, and one creator who pervades them; there is one substance and one law, namely, common reason in all thinking creatures, and all truth is one-if, as we believe, there is only one path of perfection for all beings who share the same mind.
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When you are annoyed at someone's mistake, immediately look at yourself and reflect how you also fail; for example, in thinking that good equals money, or pleasure, or a bit of fame. By being mindful of this you'll quickly forget your anger, especially if you realize that the person was under stress, and could do little else. And, if you can, find a way to alleviate that stress.
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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.
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The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts.
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Everything that happens happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so.
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Adapt yourself to the life you have been given; and truly love the people with whom destiny has surrounded you.
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A person's worth is measured by the worth of what he values. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
A person's worth is measured by the worth of what he values.
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The most complete revenge is not to imitate the aggressor. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
The most complete revenge is not to imitate the aggressor.
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The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.
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No matter what anyone says or does, my task is to be emerald, my color undiminished. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
No matter what anyone says or does, my task is to be emerald, my color undiminished.
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He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.
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Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
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When you need encouragement, think of the qualities the people around you have: this one's energy, that one's modesty, another's generosity, and so on. Nothing is as encouraging as when virtues are visibly embodied in the people around us, when we're practically showered with them. It's good to keep this in mind.
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Give yourself a gift: the present moment. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Give yourself a gift: the present moment.
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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.
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Whatever anyone does or says, I must be emerald and keep my colour. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Whatever anyone does or says, I must be emerald and keep my colour.
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The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.
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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.
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If you are pained by any external thing, it is not this that disturbs you, but your own judgment about it.
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Does what's happened keep you from acting with justice, generosity, self-control, sanity, prudence, honesty, humility, straightforward ness, and all other qualities that allow a person's nature to fulfill itself? So remember this principle when something threatens to cause you pain: the thing itself was no misfortune at all; to endure it and prevail is great good fortune.
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Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.
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Do not act as if you were going to live ten thousand years. Death hangs over you. While you live, while it is in your power, be good.
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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.
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Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.
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If you do the task before you always adhering to strict reason with zeal and energy and yet with humanity, disregarding all lesser ends and keeping the divinity within you pure and upright, as though you were even now faced with its recall - if you hold steadily to this, staying for nothing and shrinking from nothing, only seeking in each passing action a conformity with nature and in each word and utterance a fearless truthfulness, then the good life shall be yours. And from this course no man has the power to hold you back.
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Past and future have no power over you. Just the present - and even that can be minimized. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Past and future have no power over you. Just the present - and even that can be minimized.
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Imagine you were now dead, or had not lived before his moment. Now view the rest of your life as a bonus.
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Don't be ashamed to need help. Like a soldier storming a wall, you have a mission to accomplish. And if you've been wounded and you need a comrade to pull you up? So what?
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The true worth of a man is to be measured by the objects he pursues. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
The true worth of a man is to be measured by the objects he pursues.
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Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.
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How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.
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To understand the true quality of people, you must look into their minds, and examine their pursuits and aversions.
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Every man's life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain.
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Take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
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Be not careless in deeds, nor confused in words, nor rambling in thought. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Be not careless in deeds, nor confused in words, nor rambling in thought.
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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.
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The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious.
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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.
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Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig. - Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.
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The cucumber is bitter? Then throw it out. There are brambles in the path? Then go around. That's all you need to know.
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As thou thyself art a component part of a social system, so let every act of thine be a component part of social life. Whatever act of thine that has no reference, either immediately or remotely, to a social end, this tears asunder thy life, and does not allow it to be one, and it is of the nature of a mutiny, just as when in a popular assembly a man acting by himself stands apart from the general agreement.
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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.
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