Even while a thing is in the act of coming into existence, some part of it has already ceased to be.
Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180)
Source: Meditations (Penguin Great Ideas), Pages: existence
Contributed by: Obi
Is it possible for any useful thing to be accomplished without change?
Source: Meditations (Penguin Great Ideas)
Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future too.
You are making an inopportune rejection of what Nature has given you today, if all your mind is set on what men will say of you tomorrow.
Keep yourself simple, good, pure, serious, and unassuming; the friend of justice and godliness; kindly, affectionate, and resolute in your devotion to duty.
Because a thing is difficult for you, do not therefore suppose it beyond mortal power. On the contrary, if anything is possible and proper for a man to do, assume that it must fall within your own capacity.
So here is a rule to remember in future, when anything tempts you to feel bitter: not, 'This is a misfortune,' but 'To bear this worthily is a good fortune.'
Reflect often upon the rapidity with which all existing things, or things coming into existence, sweep past us and are carried away.
An angry look on the face is wholly against nature. If it be assumed frequently, beauty begins to perish, and in the end is quenched beyond rekindling.
Take me and cast me where you will; I shall still be possessor of the divinity within me, serene and content.
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