Things themselves cannot touch the soul, not in the least degree, nor have they admission to the soul nor can they turn or move the soul: it turns and moves itself alone and whatever judgment it may think proper to make, such it makes by remaking for itself the things that present themselves to it
Take away your opinion, and then there is taken away the complaint, 'I have been harmed.' Take away the complaint, 'I have been harmed,' and the harm is taken away.
That which has died falls not out of the universe. If it stays here, it also changes here, and is dissolved into its proper parts, which are elements of the universe and of thyself. And these too change, and they murmur not".
He that lives alone lives in danger; society avoids many dangers.
Choose not to be harmed and you won't feel harmed. Don't feel harmed and you haven't been.
A person's worth is measured by the worth of what he values.
Suppose that thou hast detached thyself from the natural unity... yet here there is this beautiful provision, that it is in thy power again to unite thyself. God has allowed this to no other part, after it has been separated and cut asunder, to come together again. ...he has distinguished man, for h
You are a little soul carrying about a corpse, as Epictetus used to say.
Why should we feel anger at the world? As if the world would notice?
Or is it your reputation that's bothering you? But look at how soon we're all forgotten. The abyss of endless time that swallows it all. The emptiness of those applauding hands. The people who praise us; how capricious they are, how arbitrary. And the tiny region it takes place. The whole earth a po
Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours.
â€Ž"Begin the morning by saying to thyself, I shall meet with the busy-body, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, unsocial
Mark how fleeting and paltry is the estate of man-yesterday in embryo, tomorrow a mummy or ashes. So for the hairsbreadth of time assigned to thee, live rationally, and part with life cheerfully, as drops the ripe olive, extolling the season that bore it and the tree that matured it.
Even while a thing is in the act of coming into existence, some part of it has already ceased to be.
Be cheerful, also, and seek not external help, nor the peace which others give. A man must stand straight, and not be kept straight by others.
You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. Marcus Aureliu
A little time, and thou shalt close thy eyes; and him who has attended thee to thy grave, another soon will lament.
If you separate from . . . everything you have done in the past, everything that disturbs you about the future . . . and apply yourself to living the life that you are living-that is to say, the present-you can live all the time that remains to you until your death in calm, benevolence, and serenity
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it. Marcus Aureliu
Receive the gifts of fortune without pride, and part with them without reluctance.
Remember how often you have postponed minding your interest, and let slip those opportunities the gods have given you. It is now high time to consider what sort of world you are part of, and from what kind of governor of it you are descended; that you have a set period assigned you to act in, and un
Death--a stopping of impressions through the senses, and of the pulling of the cords of motion, and of the ways of thought, and of service to the flesh.
Be mindful at all times of the following: the nature of the whole universe, the nature of the part that is me, the relation of the one to the other, the one so vast, the other so small.
Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.
How many after being celebrated by fame have been given up to oblivion; and how many who have celebrated the fame of others have long been dead.
...in the ways of Nature there is no evil to be found.
Be not careless in deeds, nor confused in words, nor rambling in thought.
The man who doesn't know what the universe is doesn't know where he lives.
A person's life is dyed with the color of his imagination.
The longest-lived and the shortest-lived man, when they come to die, lose one and the same thing.