37. When you pretend you can do what you cannot do, you demean yourself and prevent someone who might do the job from doing it. Someone who might turn out to be a friend.
43. There are always two handles by which to grasp something— one is good to grab, the other useless. You’ve been wronged? Don’t grab the handle labeled “injustice.” You can’t carry wrongs that way. Do just the opposite. Remember the person doing the injustice— that one is human too.
Epictetus, from The Handbook, #39. Just as a shoe is as far as your foot goes, so your body is all you have of possessions. Stop there and you’ve measured rightly. Go further and . . . go over a cliff— Just as a shoe loses purpose when first it’s purple; then gilded; then covered… More As Far As You Go
If you see the way clearly, go ahead. If you don’t see clearly, ask advice. As to impediments, if your way appears just, keep going. If you fail, fail while attempting justice. Those who follow the way of reason are relaxed and active at the same time, and also calm and cheerful. ~Marcus Aurelius, Meditations… More Marcus Aurelius on Going Forward
Develop a thoughtful way of seeing how all things change from one thing into another; constantly focus on this way of thinking; learn this philosophy. Such as person knows we must lose our lives and that we don’t know when we will go away and leave everything here. Such a person embraces justice in every… More Marcus Aurelius on Contemplation
Do every thing you do as if it were your last, using reason to overcome carelessness, distaste, disgust, hypocrisy, egotism, and discontent with your lot in life.