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
Ovid wrote, ”Philosophers do not carry into effect all that they teach.” True. But philosophers do affect some for good through their noble conceptions. Indeed, they would be much happier if they could live up to their own words! Despite human shortcomings, we have no cause to despise the good sayings of good hearts. Even … More Seneca, from Book XX, “Of a Happy Life”
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.
How am I using my soul right now? I need to ask myself this. Am I employing my reason? Whose soul do I have—that of a child? Is my soul young, old? That of a tyrant? A domesticated animal? A wild beast? (V. 11)