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
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
At last, it is time for you to decide what universe you are a part of and what powers are in that universe. At last you must realize that you have only a short time in this universe, a short time in which to clear away the clouds from your mind. After that, your time … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself
When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: the people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from bad. But I have seen the beauty of the good, and the ugliness of the bad, and I have realized that … 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.