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“That sort of person is bound to do that. You might as well resent a fig tree for secreting juice. (Anyway, before very long you’ll both be death – death and soon forgotten.)”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, book 4.6

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“To stand up straight – not straightened.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, book 3.5

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“The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 6.6

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“From Rusticus: “To read attentively – not to be satisfied with ‘just getting the gist of it’.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 1.7

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“To stop talking about what the good man is like, and just be one.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 10.16

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“If you seek tranquillity, do less.”

Democritus, Frg. B.3, From Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 4.24

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“The world is nothing but change. Our life is only perception.”

Democritus, Frg. B.115, From Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 4.3

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“Frightened of change? But what can exist without it? What’s closer to nature’s heart?”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 7.18

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“And if you can’t stop prizing a lot of other things? Then you’ll never be free.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 6.16

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“Choose not to be harmed – and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed – and you haven’t been.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 4.7

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“The best revenge is not to be like that.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 6.6

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“Not to display anger or other emotions. To be free of passion and yet full of love.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 1.9

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“Neither can I be angry with my brother or fall foul of him, for he and I were born to work together, like a man’s two hands, feet or eyelids, or the upper and lower rows of his teeth. To obstruct each other is against Nature’s law – and what is irritation or aversion but a form of obstruction.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 2.1

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“And why is it so hard when things go against you? If it’s imposed by nature, accept it gladly and stop fighting it. And if not, work out what your own nature requires, and aim at that, even if it brings you no glory. None of us is forbidden to pursue our own good.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 11.16

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“Learn to ask of all action, ‘Why are they doing that?’ Starting with your own.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 10.37

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“If an action or utterance is appropriate, then it’s appropriate for you. Don’t be put off by other people’s comments and criticism. If it’s right to say or do it, then it’s the right thing for you to do or say. The others obey their own lead, follow their own impulses. Don’t be distracted. Keep walking. Follow your own nature, and follow Nature – along the road they share.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 5.3

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“So other people hurt me? That’s their problem. Their character and actions are not mine. What is done to me is ordained by nature, what I do by my own.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 5.25

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“Practice really hearing what people say. Do your best to get inside their minds.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 6.53

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“Three relationships
i. with the body you inhabit
ii. with the divine, the cause of everything in all things
iii. with the people around you

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 8.27

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“People exist for one another. You can instruct or endure them.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 8.59

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“Self-reliance, always. And Cheerfulness.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 1.16

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“How to act: Cheerfulness. Without requiring other people’s help. Or serenity supplied by others.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 3.5

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“If you do the job in a principled way, with diligence, energy, and patience, if you keep yourself free of distractions, and keep the spirit inside you undamaged as if you might have to give it back at any moment – if you embrace this without fear or expectations – can find fulfilment in what you’re doing now, as Nature intended, and in superhuman truthfulness (every word, every utterance) – then your life will be happy. – No one can prevent that.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 3.13

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“Look inward. Don’t let the true nature or value of anything elude you.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 6.3

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“You cannot lose another life than the one you’re living now, or lie another one that the one you’re losing.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 2.14

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“Some things are rushing into existence, others out of it. Some of what now exists is already gone. Change and flux constantly remake the world, just as the incessant progression of time remakes eternity.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 6.15

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“Keep in mind how fast things pass by and are gone – those that are now, and those to come. Existence flows past us like a river: the ‘what’ is in constant flux, the ‘why’ has a thousand variations.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 5.23

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“Look at the past – empire after empire – and from that, extrapolate the future: the same thing. No escape from the rhythm of events.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 7.49

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“To read attentively – not to be satisfied with ‘just getting the gist of it’.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 1.7

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“To investigate and analyse, with understanding and logic, the principles we ought to live by. Not to display anger or other emotions. To be free of passion and yet full of love.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 1.9

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“Character and self-control.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 1.1

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“Not to waste time on nonsense.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 1.6

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“The sense he gave of staying on the path rather than being kept on it.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 1.15

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“Yes, keep on degrading yourself, soul. But soon your chance at dignity will be gone. Everyone gets one life. Yours is almost used up, and instead of treating yourself with respect, you have entrusted your own happiness to the souls of others.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 2.6

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“Your ability to control your thoughts – treat it with respect. It’s all that protects your mind from false perceptions – false to your nature, and that of all rational beings. It’s what makes thoughtfulness possible, and affection for other people, and submissions to the divine.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 3.9

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“Today I escaped from anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own perceptions – not outside

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 9.13

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“Look inward. Don’t let the true nature or value of anything elude you.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 6.3

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“Don’t waste the rest of your time here worrying about other people – unless it affects the common good. It will keep you from doing anything useful.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 3.4

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“You participate in a society by your existence. Then participate in its life through your actions – all your actions. Any actions not directed toward a social end (directly or indirectly) is a disturbance to your life, an obstacle to wholeness, a source of dissension. Like the man in the Assembly – a faction to himself, always out of step with the majority.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 9.23

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“And then you might see what the life of the good man is like – someone content with what nature assigns him, and satisfied with being just and kind himself.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 4.25

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“There you are still below your quota. You don’t love yourself enough. Or you’d love your nature too, and what it demands of you. People who love what they do wear themselves down doing it, they even forget to wash or eat.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 5.1

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“The things ordained for you – teach yourself to be at one with those. And the people who share them with you – treat them with love. With real love.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 6.39

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“To love only what happens, what was destined. No greater Harmony.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 7.57

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“Don’t gussy up your thoughts.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, book 3.5

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“You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think. If the gods exist, then to abandon human beings is not frightening; the gods would never subject you to harm. And if they don’t exist, or don’t care what happens to us, what would be the point of living in a world without gods or Providence? But they do exist, they do care what happens to us, and everything a person needs to avoid real harm they have places within him. If there were anything harmful on the other side of death, they would have made sure that the ability to avoid it was within you. If if doesn’t harm your character, how can it harm your life?”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 2.11

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“Characteristics of the rational soul: Self-perception, self-examination, and the power to make of itself whatever it wants.” 

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 11.1

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“To put up with discomforts and not make demands.” 

Marcus aurelius, Meditations, Book 1.5

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“Just that you do the right thing. The rest doesn’t matter… Because dying, too, is one of our assignments in life. There as well: ‘to do what needs doing.’” 

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 6.2

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“Possibilities:

i. To keep on living (you should be used to it by now)

ii. To end it (it was your choice, after all)

iii. To die (having met your obligations) Those are the only options. Reason for optimism.” 

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 10.22

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“And for introducing me to Epictetus’s lectures – and loaning me his own copy.” 

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 1.7

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