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.
The art of living is more like the art of the wrestler than the art of the dancer. Be ready, stand firm, and expect to be hit. (VII. 61)
X. 35. A healthy eye is ready to see anything and doesn’t say, “I only want to see green things.” Such an eye would be diseased. And healthy hearing and smelling ought to be ready for anything. And a healthy stomach ought to be ready, just as a mill is ready for everything it has … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself
You are composed of three things: body, breath, and mind. Of these, the first two are yours only in care. Only the third is truly your own. If you separate from yourself everything that others say and do, and if you separate from the things that you have said and done in the past; and … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself