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  • Kyle shared from Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus by Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius
    Either there is a fatal necessity and invincible order, or a kind providence, or a confusion without a purpose and without a director (iv. 27). If then there is an invincible necessity, why dost thou resist? But if there is a providence which allows itself to be propitiated, make thyself worthy of the help of the divinity. But if there is a confusion without a governor, be content that in such a tempest thou hast in thyself a certain ruling intelligence. And even if the tempest carry thee away, let it carry away the poor flesh, the poor breath, everything else; for the intelligence at least it...
  • Kyle shared from Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus by Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius
    Do not disturb thyself by thinking of the whole of thy life. Let not thy thoughts at once embrace all the various troubles which thou mayest expect to befall thee: but on every occasion ask thyself, What is there in this which is intolerable and past bearing? for thou wilt be ashamed to confess. In the next place remember that neither the future nor the past pains thee, but only the present. But this is reduced to a very little, if thou only circumscribest it, and chidest thy mind if it is unable to hold out against even this.
    Note: "ask thyself: What is in this that is intolerable and past bearing? for thou wilt be ashamed to confess"
  • Kyle shared from Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus by Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius
    When thou hast done a good act and another has received it, why dost thou still look for a third thing besides these, as fools do, either to have the reputation of having done a good act or to obtain a return?
  • Kyle shared from Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus by Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius
    If a thing is difficult to be accomplished by thyself, do not think that it is impossible for man: but if anything is possible for man and conformable to his nature, think that this can be attained by thyself too. 20. In the gymnastic exercises suppose that a man has torn thee with his nails, and by dashing against thy head has inflicted a wound. Well, we neither show any signs of vexation, nor are we offended, nor do we suspect him afterwards as a treacherous fellow; and yet we are on our guard against him, not however as an enemy, nor yet with suspicion, but we quietly get out of his way. Something...
    Note: Marcus Aurelius on how to treat competition and assuming you can do what they did
  • Kyle shared from Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus by Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius
    If thou hadst a step-mother and a mother at the same time, thou wouldst be dutiful to thy step-mother, but still thou wouldst constantly return to thy mother. Let the court and philosophy now be to thee step-mother and mother: return to philosophy frequently and repose in her, through whom what thou meetest with in the court appears to thee tolerable, and
    Note: Marcus says! Philosophy is Mom, other stuff is StepMom
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