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
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.