Marcus Aurelius, II
Death and the Emperor
"Do every act of your life as if it were your last." ~ Marcus Aurelius
Remember this—that very little is needed to make a happy life.
Everyone and everything -- man, God and the universe -- bears fruit in due season.
A good man does not spy around for the black spots in others, but presses unswervingly on towards his mark.
I consist of spirit and body. Time affects the body, but the life of the spirit has no meaning either in the past or in the future. All its life is concentrated in the present.
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 opinion of himself than on the opinion of others.
Adapt thyself to the things with which thy lot has been cast; and love the men with whom it is thy portion to life, and that with a sincere affection.... No longer be either dissatisfied with thy present lot, or shrink from the future.
Find joy in simplicity, self-respect, and indifference to what lies between virtue and vice. Love the human race. Follow the divine.
God overrules all mutinous accidents, brings them under his laws of fate, and makes them all serviceable to His purpose.
Nowhere can a man find a quieter or more troubled retreat than in his own soul.
Remember that what pulls the strings is the force hidden within; there lies the power to persuade, there the life - there, if one must speak out, the real man.
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.
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