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.
Get busy looking at your own actions; and at how the universe works; and at how your neighbors behave. Look at yourself to see if you are acting justly or unjustly. Look at the universe in order to realize that you are part of its workings. Look at your neighbors to see if they are … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself
Book VII 1. What is bad? You have seen a lot of badness. Whatever happens, keep that in mind: you have seen a lot of badness. Everywhere, we see in our houses and in our cities the same things that have filled the history books. The old times and our times, bad is nothing new. … More Marcus Aurelius from Exhortations to Himself
12. If you hope to get better, you’ve got to stop saying, “If I leave time for thought, I will starve to death.” Isn’t it better to starve than to survive in agitation? Peace of mind has a cost.
Think about the times of Vespasian (emperor 69-79 CE). People married, raised children, got sick, died, fought wars, feasted, traveled from here to there, farmed, flattered, acted arrogantly, got suspicious, plotted, wished others dead, grumbled at the state of things, loved, accumulated stuff, sought power. All that is gone! Think back to Trajan (emperor 98-117 … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself
Book III.2. We ought to notice that even the the little things produced by nature contain something pleasing and beautiful. For example, when bread is baked, some of the surface splits. This has little to do with what the baker is trying to produce, but those cracks are beautiful and induce us to eat the … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself