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Marcus Aurelius

Imperator Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (26 April 121 17 March 180) was a Stoic philosopher, and Roman Emperor from 161 to his death in 180; born Marcus Annius Catilius Severus, at marriage he took the name Marcus Annius Verus. When named Emperor, he was given the name Marcus Aurelius Antoninus and afterwards became known as the last of the "Five Good Emperors."
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To live happily is an inward power of the soul.

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Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.

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The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

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I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than on the opinions of others

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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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All the blessings which you pray to obtain hereafter could be yours today, if you did not deny them to yourself.

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The sinners sins against himself; the wrongdoer wrongs himself, becoming the worse by his own action.

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It is a sin to persue pleasure as a good and to avoid pain as a evil.

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All is ephemeral--fame and the famous as well.

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Nowhere can a man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.

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Because a thing is difficult for you, do not therefore suppose it to be beyond mortal power. On the contrary, if anything is possible and proper for man to do, assume that it must fall within your own capacity.

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All of us are working together for the same end; some of us knowingly and purposefully, others unconsciously.

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A man does not sin by commission only, but often by omission.

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Waste no more time arguing what a god man should be. Be one.

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Consider that thou dost not even understand whether men are doing wrong or not, for many things are done with a certain reference to circumstance. And, in short, a man must learn a great deal to enable him to pass a correct judgment on another man's acts.

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Death hangs over thee, While thou still live, while thou may, do good

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Men exist for the sake of one another.

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Never esteem anything as of advantage to thee that shall make thee break thy word or lose thy self-respect.

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To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution.

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And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last.

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Life is a warfare and a stranger's sojourn, and after fame is oblivion.

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Virtue they will but abuse, and taunt her with bitter revilling.

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Everything that happens happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so.

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The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it

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

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