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Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than on the opinions of others.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
A wrong-doer is often a man that has left something undone, not always he that has done something.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Flinch not, neither give up nor despair, if the achieving of every act in accordance with right principle is not always continuous with thee.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Think not disdainfully of death, but look on it with favor; for even death is one of the things that Nature wills.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Men are created one for another, either then teach them or bear with.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Whatever may befall thee, it was preordained for thee from everlasting.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
A good disposition is invincible, if it be genuine.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
How ridiculous and unrealistic is the man who is astonished at anything that happens in life.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Whatever happens at all happens as it should; thou wilt find this true, if thou shouldst watch closely.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
By a tranquil mind I mean nothing else than a mind well ordered.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
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.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Men seek out retreats for themselves in the country, by the seaside, on the moutains ... But all this is unphilosophical to the last degree ... when thou canst at a moment's notice retire into thyself.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
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.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
A man's life is what his thoughts make of it. Our life is what our thoughts make it.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Deem not life a thing of consequence. For look at the yawning void of the future, and at that other limitless space, the past.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Love the little trade which thou hast learned, and be content therewith.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
You will find rest from vain fancies if you perform every act in life as though it were your last.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Remember how often you have postponed minding your interest, and let slip those opportunities the gods have given you. It is now high time to consider what sort of world you are part of, and from what kind of governor of it you are descended; that you have a set period assigned you to act in, and unless you improve it to brighten and compose your thoughts, it will quickly run off with you, and be lost beyond recovery.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Life is a warfare and a stranger's sojourn, and after fame is oblivion.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Man must be arched and buttressed from within, else the temple wavers to the dust.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
That which is not good for the beehive cannot be good for the bees.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
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 Antoninus
Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
How much trouble he avoids who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
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 Antoninus
We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
A person's life is dyed with the color of his imagination.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
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 Antoninus
In man's life, time is but a moment; being, a flux; sense is dim; the material frame corruptible; soul, an eddy of breath; fortune a thing inscrutable, and fame precarious.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Be not as one that hath ten thousand years to live; death is nigh at hand: while thou livest, while thou hast time, be good.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
As for life, it is a battle and a sojourning in a strange land; but the fame that comes after is oblivion.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
This Being of mine, whatever it really is, consists of a little flesh, a little breath, and the part which governs.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
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.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Things that have a common quality ever quickly seek their kind.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Whatever is in any way beautiful hath its source of beauty in itself, and is complete in itself; praise forms no part of it. So it is none the worse nor the better for being praised.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Just as the sand-dunes, heaped one upon another, hide each the first, so in life the former deeds are quickly hidden by those that follow after.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Men exist for the sake of one another. Teach them then or bear with them.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man's life.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already. Of the things you have, select the best: and then reflect how eagerly they would have been sought if you did not have them.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Nothing happens to any man which he is not formed by nature to bear.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
If it is not seemly, do it not; if it is not true, speak it not.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Death hangs over thee, While thou still live, while thou may, do good.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Let thine occupations be few, saith the sage, if thou wouldst lead a tranquil life.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
The constant recollection of death is the test of human conduct.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Look beneath the surface; let not the several quality of a thing nor its worth escape thee.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Nothing can come out of nothing, any more than a thing can go back to nothing.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Be not careless in deeds, nor confused in words, nor rambling in thought.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
You exist but as a part inherent in a greater whole. Do not live as though you had a thousand years before you. The common due impends; while you live, and while you may, be good.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
The passing minute is every man's equal possession but what has once gone by is no longer ours.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing; the main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unforeseen attack.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
This is moral perfection: to live each day as though it were the last; to be tranquil, sincere, yet not indifferent to one's fate.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
—  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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