After the lamp is out and my wife and I have said goodnight, I parade the whole day in review before me, and repeat all that I have said and done. I hide nothing from myself and leave nothing out. Why should I be afraid of any of my shortcomings, when it is in my … More Seneca, from “On Anger”
Bk. III. 4. Do not waste the time you have left in life thinking about what others are thinking when you could be thinking about something useful. You are losing the chance to think about something besides “what is so-and-so doing? and why? What is so-and-so saying? What is so-and-so thinking? What is so-and-so plotting?” … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself
8. Forget about controlling what happens; learn to wish that everything that happens happens just as it happens. Then . . . all will go exactly as planned.
XII. 1 All those things that you think will take you forever . . . you can have them now. If you don’t get in your own way. By that I mean, you may, if you can let the past be past, and trust that the future will happen, and focus on acceptance and justice. … More from Marcus Aurelius, “Exhortations To Himself”