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Marcus Aurelius (Politician)

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Marcus Aurelius live
You will find rest from vain fancies if you perform every act in life as though it were your last.
Marcus Aurelius life
These were writings of Aurelius as reminders to himself of ideas to bear in mind. There are many different translations of these, often with different nuances of interpretation (and sometimes different arrangements).
Marcus Aurelius writing
He was a man who looked at what ought to be done, not to the reputation which is got by a man's acts.
Marcus Aurelius man
Say to yourself in the early morning: I shall meet today inquisitive, ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, uncharitable men. All these things have come upon them through ignorance of real good and ill.
Marcus Aurelius men
This Being of mine, whatever it really is, consists of a little flesh, a little breath, and the part which governs.
Marcus Aurelius art
All that is from the gods is full of Providence.
Marcus Aurelius god
Thou seest how few be the things, the which if a man has at his command his life flows gently on and is divine.
Marcus Aurelius life
Give thyself time to learn something new and good, and cease to be whirled around.
Marcus Aurelius time
This thou must always bear in mind, what is the nature of the whole...
Marcus Aurelius nature
Yet living and dying, honour and dishonour, pain and pleasure, riches and poverty, and so forth are equally the lot of good men and bad. Things like these neither elevate nor degrade; and therefore they are no more good than they are evil.
Marcus Aurelius pain
The longest-lived and the shortest-lived man, when they come to die, lose one and the same thing.
Marcus Aurelius man
Remember that all is opinion.
Marcus Aurelius opinion
No state sorrier than that of the man who keeps up a continual round, and pries into "the secrets of the nether world," as saith the poet, and is curious in conjecture of what is in his neighbour's heart.
Marcus Aurelius art
Though thou be destined to live three thousand years and as many myriads besides, yet remember that no man loseth other life than that which he liveth, nor liveth other than that which he loseth.
Marcus Aurelius life
For a man can lose neither the past nor the future; for how can one take from him that which is not his? So remember these two points: first, that each thing is of like form from everlasting and comes round again in its cycle, and that it signifies not whether a man shall look upon the same things for a hundred years or two hundred, or for an infinity of time; second, that the longest lived and the shortest lived man, when they come to die, lose one and the same thing.
Marcus Aurelius time
As for life, it is a battle and a sojourning in a strange land; but the fame that comes after is oblivion.
Marcus Aurelius life
What means all this?
Marcus Aurelius
Waste not the remnant of thy life in those imaginations touching other folk, whereby thou contributest not to the common weal.
Marcus Aurelius life
The lot assigned to every man is suited to him, and suits him to itself.
Marcus Aurelius self
Be not unwilling in what thou doest, neither selfish nor unadvised nor obstinate; let not over-refinement deck out thy thought; be not wordy nor a busybody.
Marcus Aurelius men
A man should be upright, not kept upright.
Marcus Aurelius man
But that which is useful is the better.
Marcus Aurelius
Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.
Marcus Aurelius self
Respect the faculty that forms thy judgments.
Marcus Aurelius men
Remember that man lives only in the present, in this fleeting instant; all the rest of his life is either past and gone, or not yet revealed. Short, therefore, is man's life, and narrow is the corner of the earth wherein he dwells.
Marcus Aurelius life
Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.
Marcus Aurelius life
As surgeons keep their instruments and knives always at hand for cases requiring immediate treatment, so shouldst thou have thy thoughts ready to understand things divine and human, remembering in thy every act, even the smallest, how close is the bond that unites the two.
Marcus Aurelius men
The ruling power within, when it is in its natural state, is so related to outer circumstances that it easily changes to accord with what can be done and what is given it to do.
Marcus Aurelius change
Let no act be done at haphazard, nor otherwise than according to the finished rules that govern its kind.
Marcus Aurelius wise
By a tranquil mind I mean nothing else than a mind well ordered.
Marcus Aurelius mind
Men seek retreats for themselves, houses in the country, sea-shores, and mountains; and thou too art wont to desire such things very much. But this is altogether a mark of the most common sort of men, for it is in thy power whenever thou shalt choose to retire into thyself. For nowhere either with more quiet or more freedom from trouble does a man retire than into his own soul.
Marcus Aurelius freedom
The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
Marcus Aurelius life
Think on this doctrine,—that reasoning beings were created for one another's sake; that to be patient is a branch of justice, and that men sin without intending it.
Marcus Aurelius men
Nothing can come out of nothing, any more than a thing can go back to nothing.
Marcus Aurelius
If mind is common to us, then also the reason, whereby we are reasoning beings, is common.' If this be so, then also the reason which enjoins what is to be done or left undone is common. If this be so, law also is common; if this be so, we are citizens; if this be so, we are partakers in one constitution; if this be so, the Universe is a kind of Commonwealth.
Marcus Aurelius art
Death, like generation, is a secret of Nature.
Marcus Aurelius secret
That which makes the man no worse than he was makes his life no worse: it has no power to harm, without or within.
Marcus Aurelius life
Whatever happens at all happens as it should; you will find this true, if you watch narrowly.
Marcus Aurelius hate
Death hangs over thee: whilst yet thou livest, whilst thou mayest, be good.
Marcus Aurelius good
Many the lumps of frankincense on the same altar; one falls there early and another late, but it makes no difference.
Marcus Aurelius fall
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 time
Doth perfect beauty stand in need of praise at all? Nay; no more than law, no more than truth, no more than loving kindness, nor than modesty.
Marcus Aurelius truth
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 art
All that is harmony for you, my Universe, is in harmony with me as well. Nothing that comes at the right time for you is too early or too late for me. Everything is fruit to me that your seasons bring, Nature. All things come of you, have their being in you, and return to you.
Marcus Aurelius time
"Let your occupations be few," says the sage, "if you would lead a tranquil life."
Marcus Aurelius life
Love the little trade which thou hast learned, and be content therewith.
Marcus Aurelius learn
Remember this— that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.
Marcus Aurelius life
All is ephemeral — fame and the famous as well.
Marcus Aurelius fame
Observe always that everything is the result of a change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and to make new ones like them.
Marcus Aurelius love
Search men's governing principles, and consider the wise, what they shun and what they cleave to.
Marcus Aurelius men
Constantly regard the universe as one living being, having one substance and one soul; and observe how all things have reference to one perception, the perception of this one living being; and how all things act with one movement; and how all things are the cooperating causes of all things which exist; observe too the continuous spinning of the thread and the contexture of the web.
Marcus Aurelius soul
Thou art a little soul bearing about a corpse, asused to say.
Marcus Aurelius art
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 sin
All that happens is as usual and familiar as the rose in spring and the crop in summer.
Marcus Aurelius summer
That which comes after ever conforms to that which has gone before.
Marcus Aurelius
Mark how fleeting and paltry is the estate of man - yesterday in embryo, tomorrow a mummy or ashes. So for the hairsbreadth of time assigned to thee, live rationally, and part with life cheerfully, as drops the ripe olive, extolling the season that bore it and the tree that matured it.
Marcus Aurelius life
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 life
Always take the short cut; and that is the rational one. Therefore say and do everything according to soundest reason.
Marcus Aurelius reason
How easy it is to repel and to wipe away every impression which is troublesome or unsuitable, and immediately to be in all tranquillity.
Marcus Aurelius media
A man makes no noise over a good deed, but passes on to another as a vine to bear grapes again in season.
Marcus Aurelius man
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 despair
Prize that which is best in the universe; and this is that which useth everything and ordereth everything.
Marcus Aurelius universe
Live with the gods.
Marcus Aurelius god
Art thou angry with him whose arm-pits stink? art thou angry with him whose mouth smells foul? What good will this anger do thee?
Marcus Aurelius art
The intelligence of the universe is social.
Marcus Aurelius intelligence
The controlling Intelligence understands its own nature, and what it does, and whereon it works.
Marcus Aurelius nature
If any man can convince me and bring home to me that I do not think or act aright, gladly will I change; for I search after truth, by which man never yet was harmed. But he is harmed who abideth on still in his deception and ignorance.
Marcus Aurelius truth
Death,—a stopping of impressions through the senses, and of the pulling of the cords of motion, and of the ways of thought, and of service to the flesh.
Marcus Aurelius thought
Reverence the gods, and help men. Short is life.
Marcus Aurelius life
I consist of a little body and a soul.
Marcus Aurelius soul
But if we judge only those things which are in our power to be good or bad, there remains no reason either for finding fault with God or standing in a hostile attitude to man.
Marcus Aurelius power
What is not good for the swarm is not good for the bee.
Marcus Aurelius war
How many together with whom I came into the world are already gone out of it.
Marcus Aurelius world
Understand however that every man is worth just so much as the things are worth about which he busies himself.
Marcus Aurelius self
How many, once lauded in song, are given over to the forgotten; and how many who sung their praises are clean gone long ago!
Marcus Aurelius man
Whatever may befall you, it was preordained for you from everlasting.
Marcus Aurelius hate
To a rational being it is the same thing to act according to nature and according to reason.
Marcus Aurelius nature
Be thou erect, or be made erect.
Marcus Aurelius
Is any man afraid of change? Why what can take place without change?
Marcus Aurelius change
Nature which governs the whole will soon change all things which thou seest, and out of there substance will make other things, and again other things from the substance of them, in order that the world may ever be new.
Marcus Aurelius change
Think not so much of what thou hast not as of what thou hast: but of the things which thou hast, select the best, and then reflect how eagerly they would have been sought, if thou hadst them not. At the same time, however, take care that thou dost not, through being so pleased with them, accustom thyself to overvalue them, so as to be disturbed if ever thou shouldst not have them.
Marcus Aurelius time
Retire into thyself. The rational principle which rules has this nature, that it is content with itself when it does what is just, and so secures tranquility.
Marcus Aurelius nature
Wipe out the imagination. Stop pulling the strings. Confine thyself to the present. ...Divide and distribute every object into theand the material. ...Let the wrong which is done by a man stay there where the wrong was done.
Marcus Aurelius imagination
Direct thy attention to what is said. Let thy understanding enter into the things that are doing and the things which do them.
Marcus Aurelius understanding
Adorn thyself with simplicity and with indifference towards the things which lie between virtue and vice. Love mankind. Follow God. The poet says that Law rules all. And it is enough to remember that law rules all.
Marcus Aurelius war
About fame... 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 life
From : the man who has an elevated mind and takes a view of all time and of all substance, dost thou suppose it possible for him to think that human life is anything great? It is not possible, he said. Such a man then will think that death also is no evil.
Marcus Aurelius life
From : It is royal to do good and be abused.
Marcus Aurelius good
It is a base thing for theto be obedient and to regulate and compose itself as the mind commands, and for the mind not to be regulated and composed by itself.
Marcus Aurelius mind
It is not right toourselves at things, For they care not about it.
Marcus Aurelius right
If the gods care not for me and for my children, There is a reason for it.
Marcus Aurelius god
For thus it is, men of Athens, in truth: wherever a man has placed himself thinking it is the best place for him, or has been placed by a commander, there in my opinion he ought to stay and to abide the hazard, taking nothing into the reckoning, either death or anything else, before the baseness [of deserting his post].
Marcus Aurelius truth
Look round at the courses of the stars, as if thou wert going along with them; and constantly consider the changes of the elements into one another; for such thoughts purge away the filth of thelife.
Marcus Aurelius life
This is a fine saying of : That he who is discoursing about men should look also at earthly things as if he viewed them from some higher place; should look at them... a mixture of all things and an orderly combination of contraries.
Marcus Aurelius art
Thou mayest foresee... the things which will be. For they will certainly be of like form, and it is not possible that they should deviate from the order of things now: accordingly to have contemplated human life for forty years is the same as to have contemplated it for ten thousand years.
Marcus Aurelius life
That which had grown from the earth, to the earth, But that which has sprung from heavenly seed, Back to the heavenly realms returns. This is either aof the mutualof the atoms, or a similar dispersion of theelements.
Marcus Aurelius art
Another may be more expert in casting [throwing] his opponent; but he is not more social, nor more modest, nor better disciplined to meet all that happens, nor more considerate with respect to the faults of his neighbors.
Marcus Aurelius respect
Where any work can be doneto the reason which is common to gods and men, there we have nothing to fear; for where we are able to get profit by means of the activity which is successful and proceeds according to our constitution, there no harm is to be suspected.
Marcus Aurelius god
Everywhere and at all times it is in thy power piously to acquiesce in thy present condition, and to behave justly to those who are about thee, and to exert thy skill upon thy present thoughts, that nothing shall steal into them without being well examined.
Marcus Aurelius time

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