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Marcus Aurelius Quotes

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"Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it... Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle."

"The universe is transformation; our life is what our thoughts make it."

"Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too."

"How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it."

"Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears."

"Poverty is the mother of crime."

"The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing."

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

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

"The universal order and the personal order are nothing but different expressions and manifestations of a common underlying principle."

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

"We are too much accustomed to attribute to a single cause that which is the product of several, and the majority of our controversies come from that."

"Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also."

"The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious."

"What springs from earth dissolves to earth again, and heaven-born things fly to their native seat."

"As the same fire assumes different shapes When it consumes objects differing in shape, So does the one Self take the shape Of every creature in whom he is present."

"The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer."

"Begin - to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished."

"A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires."

"Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely."

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