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
IV. 7. Take away your opinion about it, and you take away your complaint, “I have been harmed.” Take away your complaint that you have been harmed, and the harm goes away. 8. Those things that do not make you worse than you were, also do not make your life worse, and neither do they harm you, inside or … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself
Get busy looking at your own actions; and at how the universe works; and at how your neighbors behave. Look at yourself to see if you are acting justly or unjustly. Look at the universe in order to realize that you are part of its workings. Look at your neighbors to see if they are … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself
12. If you hope to get better, you’ve got to stop saying, “If I leave time for thought, I will starve to death.” Isn’t it better to starve than to survive in agitation? Peace of mind has a cost.
Think about the times of Vespasian (emperor 69-79 CE). People married, raised children, got sick, died, fought wars, feasted, traveled from here to there, farmed, flattered, acted arrogantly, got suspicious, plotted, wished others dead, grumbled at the state of things, loved, accumulated stuff, sought power. All that is gone! Think back to Trajan (emperor 98-117 … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself