Marcus Aurelius Quotes

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Marcus Aurelius Quotes

To stand up straight — not straightened
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Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretence.

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Anger cannot be dishonest.

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Concentrate every minute like a Roman- like a man- on doing what's in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice. And on freeing yourself from all other distractions. Yes, you can- if you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life, and stop being aimless, stop letting your emotions override what your mind tells you, stop being hypocritical, self-centered , irritable. You see how few things you have to do to live a satisfying and reverent life? If you can manage this, that's all even the gods can ask of you.

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How cruel-to forbid people to want what they think is good for them. And yet that's just what you won't let them do when you get angry at their misbehavior. They're drawn toward what they think is good for them. -But it's not good for them. Then show them that. Prove it to them. Instead of losing your temper.

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Remember how long you've been putting this off, how many extensions the gods gave you, and you didn't use them. At some point you have to recognize what world it is that you belong to; what power rules it and from what source you spring; that there is a limit to the time assigned to you, and if you don't use it to free yourself it will be gone and will never return.

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Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.

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A person's life is dyed with the color of his imagination.

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Do not suffer a sudden impression to overbear your judgment.

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All things change, and you yourself are constantly wasting away. So also is the universe.

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One whose chief regard is for his own mind, and for the divinity within him and the service of its goodness, will strike no poses, utter no complaints, and crave neither for solitude nor yet for a crowd. Best of all, his life will be free from continual pursuing and avoiding.

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The perfection of moral character consists in this, in passing every day as the last, and in being neither violently excited nor torpid nor playing the hypocrite.

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All is Ephemeral, fame and the famous as well.

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To my great-grandfather I owed the advice to dispense with the education of the schools and have good masters at home instead - and to realize that no expense should be grudged for this purpose.

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