Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself.

When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: the people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from bad. But I have seen the beauty of the good, and the ugliness of the bad, and I have realized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own—not of the same family and class, but the same mind, and possessing a share of all that is sacred.

No one can hurt me. No one can implicate me in ugliness. Nor can I feel angry at my relatives, or hate them. We were born to work together—like feet, hands and eyes, like the two rows of teeth, upper and lower. To obstruct each other is unnatural. To feel anger at someone, to turn your back on someone: these are unnatural. (Book 1.1)


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