Always and everywhere, it is in your power to accept what is happening, to act justly to those around you, and to use your skills to control your thoughts so that nothing slips into them without examination. Don’t be looking for what principles motivate other people. Rather, look straight at what nature leads you to … More Marcus Aurelius “Three Rules”
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.
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 … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself
After you have done something, ask yourself: Was that right to do? Should I be sorry? Soon enough, I will be dead and gone. What more can I do, as long as my action is in accord with that of an intelligent, social animal who lives with the same laws as all the universe? (VIII.2)
Be like the rock that the waves beat against but do not vanquish. I am unhappy because this has happened to me? No, I am happy, even though this has happened to me. I go on, unvanquished and free from fear. This could have happened to anyone, but not everyone can carry on, free from … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself