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