Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself

Watch out for four errors of the higher mind; when you see one of these, say, “That thought is unnecessary!” First is that thought which tends to damage social relations.  Second is a thought that does not come from genuine thinking. Third is speaking the thoughts of others. The fourth is when you reproach yourself for anything, for this is evidence that the better part of your thinking is being overpowered and is yielding to the less honorable, the passions. (XI. 19)


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