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Marcus Aurelius

“The blazing fire makes flames and brightness out of everything thrown into it.”

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The Stoics

by F. H. Sandbach

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Marcus Aurelius

“How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbour says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.”

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“Everything of the body is a river.

Everything of the soul is dream and vapour.

Life is war and the abode of a stranger.

The only fame after death is oblivion.”

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.”

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Marcus Aurelius

“Forget everything else. Keep hold of this alone and remember it: Each of us lives only now, this brief instant. The rest has been lived already, or is impossible to see.”

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“Not to assume it's impossible because you find it hard. But to recognize that if it's humanly possible, you can do it too.”

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