Tuesday, November 22, 2005

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.

Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up
if thou wilt always look there.

Remember this-that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in
the performance of every act of life.

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.

Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be. Become one yourself!

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,

Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word
or lose your self-respect.

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.

Very little is needed to make a happy life.

You will find rest from vain fancies if you perform every act in life as though it were your last.

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

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