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18556Words of Wisdom by Marcus Aurelius

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  • medit8ionsociety
    Feb 2, 2013
      "Whatever this is that I am, it is a little flesh
      and breath, and the ruling part. Throw away thy books;
      no longer distract thyself: it is not allowed; but as
      if thou wast now dying, despise the flesh; it is blood
      and bones and a network, a contexture of nerves, veins,
      and arteries. See the breath also, what kind of a thing
      it is, air, and not always the same, but every moment
      sent out and again sucked in. The third then is the ruling part: consider thus: Thou art an old man; no longer let this
      be a slave, no longer be pulled by the strings like a
      puppet to unsocial movements, no longer either be dissatisfied
      with thy present lot, or shrink from the future...

      Through not observing what is in the mind of another a man has
      seldom been seen to be unhappy; but those who do not observe the movements of their own minds must of necessity be unhappy."
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