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MARCUS AURELIUS (MARCUS AURELIUS ANTONINUS)
Roman emperor, philosopher and author
(121 - 180)
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A great estate is a great disadvantage to those who do not know how to use it, for nothing is more common than to see wealthy persons live scandalously and miserably; riches do them no service in order to virtue and happiness; therefore 'tis precept and principle, not an estate, that makes a man good for something.
      - [Riches]

A rational nature admits of nothing but what is serviceable to the rest of mankind.
      - [Human Nature]

And yet, after all, what is posthumous fame? Altogether vanity.
      - [Fame]

Be simple and modest in your deportment, and treat with indifference whatever lies between virtue and vice. Love the human race; obey God.
      - [Modesty]

Can we wonder that men perish and are forgotten, when their noblest and most enduring works decay? Death comes even to monumental structures, and oblivion rests on the most illustrious names.
      - [Death]

Consider, for example, and you will find that almost all the transactions in the time of Vespasian differed little from those of the present day. You there find marrying and giving in marriage, educating children, sickness, death, war, joyous holidays, traffic, agriculture, flatterers, insolent pride, suspicions, laying of plots, longing for the death of others, newsmongers, lovers, misers, men canvassing far the consulship and for the kingdom; yet all these passed away, and are nowhere.
      - [Antiquity]

Do not think that what is hard for thee to master is impossible for man; but if a thing is possible and proper to man, deem it attainable by thee.
      - [Impossibility]

Everything is mere opinion.
      - [Opinion]

Gluttony and drunkenness have two evils attendant on them; they make the carcass smart, as well as the pocket.
      - [Gluttony]

God overrules all mutinous accidents, brings them under His laws of fate, and makes them all serviceable to His purpose.
      - [Fate]

Happiness is no other than soundness and perfection of mind.
      - [Happiness]

In the same degree in which a man's mind is nearer to freedom from all passion, in the same degree also is it nearer to strength.
      - [Anger]

It is right that man should love those who have offended him. He will do so when he remembers that all men are his relations, and that it is through ignorance and involuntarily that they sin,--and then we all die so soon.
      - [Forgiveness]

It were well to die if there be gods, and sad to live if there be none.
      - [Death]

Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.
      - [Investigation]

Our understandings are always liable to error. Nature and certainty is very hard to come at; and infallibility is mere vanity and pretense.
      - [Error]

Put it out of the power of truth to give you an ill character; and if anybody reports you not to be an honest man, let your practice give him the lie; and to make all sure, you should resolve to live no longer than you can live honestly; for it is better to be nothing than a knave.
      - [Honesty]

Receive the gifts of fortune without pride, and part with them without reluctance.
      - [Fortune]

Remember that man's life lies all within this present; as for the rest, the past is gone, the future yet unseen.
      - [Life]

Shun equally a sombre air and vivacious sallies.
      - [Extremes]

The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.
      - [Calm]

The universe is transformation; our life is what our thoughts make it.
      - [Life : Thought]

Truth and ceremony are two things.
      - [Ceremony]

Whatever may happen to thee, it was prepared for thee from all eternity; and the implication of causes was from eternity spinning the thread of thy being and of that which is incident to it.
      - [Fate]

When you find an unwillingness to rise early in the morning, endeavor to rouse your faculties, and act up to your kind, and consider that you have to do the business of a man; and that action is both beneficial and the end of your being.
      - [Early Rising]


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