Saturday, November 22, 2014

More Wisdom from Marcus

     Marcus Aurelius' Meditations has a wealth of short, pithy thoughts.  Sadly, my edition is quite old and I don't have one to recommend to you.  Still, these are some gems worth contemplating:
It is your duty to leave another man's wrongful act where it is.
All things are changing: and you yourself are in continuous mutation and, in a manner, in continuous destruction, and the universe too. 
If it is not right, do not do it; if it is not true, do not say it.
I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others.
No longer talk about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be one.
Whatever may happen to you, it was prepared for you from all eternity; and the implication of causes was from eternity spinning the thread of your being, and of that which is incident to it.
     Whew!  That's food for thought, isn't it?

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