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) … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself
Every instrument; every tool; every container—if they are doing what they were designed to do, they do that well, even though their designer isn’t there. And natural things—the power that shaped them lives in them. It is right to revere this power and to remember that if you live according to the dictates of this … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself
A saying of the philosopher Epicurus has come down to us in Latin: Non fui, fui, non sum, non curo. Translated, that is: I did not exist. Then, I existed. Now I don’t. I don’t care.
Were anyone to ask me to govern according to the way, first I would work at humility. The way is clear but people choose alleys. Look at the polished buildings. Now notice that the fields are rutted. This is why your food is tainted. Look at the elegant clothing; at the impressive weapons; see how … More Daodejing 53
Don’t be dissatisfied, disappointed, or disgusted when you fail to live up to your principles. Fairly close is not bad. Now, get back to your philosophy, not as if philosophy is work, but as if it is a poultice for a sore eye. In that way you will be obeying reason and resting in it. Remember … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself