If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180)
Contributed by: Zaady
Never esteem anything as of advantage to thee that shall make thee break thy word or lose thy self-respect.
As for life, it is a battle and a sojourning in a strange land; but the fame that comes after is oblivion.
Remember that what pulls the strings is the force hidden within; there lies the power to persuade, there the life,- there, if one must speak out, the real man.
Every man's life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain.
Things that have a common quality ever quickly seek their kind.
Think of this doctrine - That reasoning beings were created for one another's sake; That to be patient is a branch of justice; and that we often sin without intending it.
To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.
You will find rest from vain fancies if you perform every act in life as though it were your last.
Men seek out retreats for themselves in the country, by the seaside, on the moutains . . . But all this is unphilosophical to the last degree . . . when thou canst at a moment's notice retire into thyself.
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