Don’t worry over the shape of your life. Don’t worry about all the misfortunes that might happen to you. Each moment, ask yourself this: what is happening right now that is intolerable and beyond what I can handle? Then remind yourself that neither the past nor the future can hurt you, only what is happening … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself
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.
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)
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.