Sunday, 14 August 2005

More Thoughts from Marcus Aurelius

"Withdraw into yourself. Our master-reason asks no more than to act justly and thereby to achieve calm."

"Do away with all fancies. Cease to be passion's puppet. Limit time to the present. Learn to recognize every experienec for what it is, whether it be your own or another's. Divide and classify the objects of sense into cause and matter. Meditate upon your last hour. Leave your neighbour's wrong-doing to rest with him who initiated it."

"Fix your thought closely on what is being said and let your mind enter fully into what is being done and into what is doing it."

"Vex not thy spirit at the course of things; They heed not thy vexation."

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