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"All you need are these: certainty of judgement in the present moment; action for the common good in the present moment; and an attitude of gratitude in the present moment for anything that comes your way." - Marcus Aurelius
Perception, Action, Will. Those three sum up the critica...
We go through our days responding and reacting, but it's better to really pause and ask: Is this the kind of thing the person I would like to be should do?
The work of living is to set standards and then not compromise them. When you're brushing your teeth, choosing your friends, ...
"You can bind up my leg, but not even Zeus has the power to break my freedom of choice." - Epictetus
"Hecato says, 'I can teach you a love potion made without any drugs, herbs or special spell - if you would be loved, love." - Seneca
Don't tell yourself anything more than what the initial impressions report.
"No one is crushed by fortune, unless they are first deceived by her... those who aren't pompous in good times, don't have their bubbles burst with change. Against either circumstance, the stable person keeps their rational soul invincible, for it's precisely in the good times they prove thei...
"As Cicero says, we hate gladiators if they are quick to save their lives by any means; we favor them if they show contempt for their lives." - Seneca
"Yes getting your wish would have been so nice. But isn't that exactly why pleasure trips us up? Instead, see if these things might be even nicer - a great soul, freedom and honesty, kindness, saintliness." - Marcus Aurelius
"Being unexpected adds to the weight of a disaster, and being a surprise has never failed to increase a person's pain. For that reason, nothing should ever be unexpected by us. Our minds should be sent out in advance to all things and we shouldn't just consider the normal course of things, bu...
"Meditate often on the swiftness with which all that exists and is coming into being is swept and carried away. For substance is like river's unending flow, its activities continually changing and causes infinitely shifting so that almost nothing stands still." - Marcus Aurelius
"Consider who you are. Above all, a human being, carrying no greater power than your own reasoned choice, which oversees all other things, and is free from any other master." - Epictetus
Your hidden power is your ability to use reason and make choices, however limited or small. Thi...
Try praying differently, and see what happens: instead of a 'way to get rid of him,' try asking for 'a way to not crave his demise.'
"Meditate often on the interconnectedness and mutual interdependence of all things in the universe. For in a sense, all things are mutually woven together and therefore have an affinity for each other - for one thing follows after another according to their tension of movement, their sympathe...
"That which isn't good for the hive, isn't good for the bee. That which doesn't harm the community can't harm the individual." - Marcus Aurelius
Just because something is bad for you doesn't mean it's bad for everyone. Just because something is good for you definitely doesn't mean...
"If the breaking day sees someone proud, the ending day sees them brought low.
No one should put too much trust in triumph, No one should give up hope of trails improving.
God mixes one with the other and stops fortune from resting, spinning every fate around. ...
"When you are distressed by an external thing, it's not the thing that troubles you, but only your judgment of it" - Aurelius
"He was sent to prison. But the observation 'he has suffered evil', is an addition coming from you" - Epictetus
"There is no reason to live and no limit to our miseries if we let our fears predominant." - Seneca
"Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat int...
"Let each thing you do, say or intend be like that if a dying person." - Marcus Aurelius
Whatever our case is today, let's align our minds along these four critical habits:
"Don't lament this and don't get agitated." - Marcus Aurelius
"By planning to the end you will not be overwhelmed by circumstances and you will know when to stop." - Robert Greene
"An old man has no other evidence besides age to prove that he has lived a long life" - Seneca
If you start something and right away feel yourself getting lazy and irritated, first ask yourself: Why am I doing this? If it really is a necessity, ask yourself: Whats behind my reluctance? Fear? Spite? Fatigue?
Don't forge ahead hoping that someone will relieve you or s...
"You are afraid of dying. But, come now, how is this life of yours anything but death?" - Seneca
"Doesn't the light of a lamp shine and keep its glow until its fuel is spent? Why shouldn't your truth, justice, and self-control shine until you are extinguished?" - Marcus Aurelius
Seneca writes that, "we mortals are lighted and extinguished." Whether the wick of your lamp is be...
"If a person seeks what is controlled by others, he will be agitated, fearful, and unstable." - Epictetus
Robert Caro has written that "power doesn't corrupt, it reveals." In some ways, prosperity - financial and personal - is the same way.
"If someone is slipping up, kindly correct them and point out what they missed. But if you can't, blame yourself-or no one." - Marcus
The best and the greatest number of authors have asserted that philosophy consists of three parts: the moral, the natural, and the rational.
"I'll never be ashamed to quote a bad writer with good saying." - Seneca
"Leave the past behind, let the grand design take care of the future, and instead only rightly guide the present to révérence and justice. Révérence so that you'll love what you've been allotted, for nature brought you both to each other. Justice so that you'll speak the truth freely and with...
I judge you unfortunate because you have never lived through misfortune. You have passed through life without an opponent - no one can ever know what you are capable of, not even you. - Seneca
"But I haven't at any time been hindered in my will, nor forced against it. And how is this possible? I have bound up my choice to act with the will of God. God wills that I be sick, such is my will. He wills that I should choose something, so do I. He will that I reach for something, or some...
No one does wrong on purpose.
When the problem arose for us whether habit or theory was better for getting virtue - Musonius thought habit to be more effective.
"Don't allow yourself to be heard any longer griping about public life, not even with your own ears!" - Marcus Aurelius
"It's better to conquer grief than to deceive it." - Seneca
"But the wise person can lose nothing. Such a person has everything stored up for themselves because they invest well" - Seneca
"Here's a lesson to test your mind's mettle: take part of a week in which you have only the most meager and cheap food, and ask yourself if this is really the worst that you feared. It is when times are good that you should gird yourself for tougher times ahead, for when fortune is kind the s...
"Better to trip with the feet than with the tongue." - Zeno
"The person who does wrong, does wrong to themselves - making themselves evil" - Marcus Aurelius
We don't abandon our pursuits because we dispair of ever perfecting them.
Do now what nature demands of you. Get right to it if that's in your power. Don't wait for the perfect timing.
"Don't trust in your reputation, or position, but in the strength that is yours - namely, your judgements about the things that you control and don't control. For this alone is what makes us free and unfettered, that picks us up by the neck from the depths and lifts us eye to eye with the ric...
"You know what wine and liqueur tastes like. It makes no difference whether a hundred or a thousand bottles pass through your bladder." Senca
How can people prove their words to be their own - by putting into practice what they've been preaching.
Wherever a person can live, there one can also live well;
"Don't behave as if you're destined to live forever. What's fated hangs over you. As long as you live and while you can, become good now." - Marcus Aurelius
You've endured countless troubles - it's enough already!
"Dig deep within yourself, for there is a fountain of goodness ever ready to flow if you will keep digging." - Marcus Aurelius
"Just as we commonly hear people say the doctor prescribed some particular exercises, or ice baths, we should in the same way say that nature prescribed someone to be diseased, or disabled, or suffer any impairment. Incase of the doctor, something is ordered to help aid someone's healing. But...
"We are like pellets of incense falling on the altar. Some collapse sooner, others later, but it makes no difference."-Marcus Aurelius
"To bear trials with a calm mind robs misfortune of its strength and burden" - Seneca
Inwardly, we ought to be different in every respect, but our outward appearance should blend in with the crowd.
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