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18600Words of Wisdom by Marcus Aurelius

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  • medit8ionsociety
    Mar 22, 2013
      Though thou shouldst be going to live three thousand years,
      and as many times ten thousand years, still remember that
      no man loses any other life than this which he now lives,
      nor lives any other than this which he now loses. The longest
      and shortest are thus brought to the same. For the present
      is the same to all, though that which perishes is not the same;
      and so that which is lost appears to be a mere moment. For a
      man cannot lose either the past or the future: for what a man
      has not, how can any one take this from him? These two things
      then thou must bear in mind; the one, that all things from
      eternity are of like forms and come round in a circle, and
      that it makes no difference whether a man shall see the same
      things during a hundred years or two hundred, or an infinite time;
      and the second, that the longest liver and he who will die soonest
      lose just the same. For the present is the only thing of which
      a man can be deprived, if it is true that this is the only thing
      which he has, and that a man cannot lose a thing if he has it not.
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