It can ruin your life only if it ruins your character. Otherwise it cannot harm you—inside or out.

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

Profession: Soldier
Nationality: Roman

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To suffer change can be no hurt; as no benefit it is, by change to attain to being. The age and time of the world is as it were a flood and swift current, consisting of the things that are brought to pass in the world. For as soon as anything hath appeared, and is passed away, another succeeds, and that also will presently out of sight.

Consider the whole universe whereof thou art but a very little part, and the whole age of the world together, whereof but a short and very momentary portion is allotted unto thee, and all the fates and destinies together, of which how much is it that comes to thy part and share.

You have a mind? —Yes. Well, why not use it? Isn't that all you want—for it to do its job?

Wipe out the imagination. Stop the pulling of the strings. Confine thyself to the present. Understand well what happens either to thee or to another. Divide and distribute every object into the causal (formal) and the material. Think of thy last hour. Let the wrong which is done by a man stay there where the wrong was done.

How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.

Though you break your heart, men will go on as before.

I can control my thoughts as necessary; then how can I be troubled? What is outside my mind means nothing to it. Absorb that lesson and your feet stand firm.

We must make haste, then, not only because we are daily nearer to death, but also because the conception of things and the understanding of them cease first.

They despise one another, yet they flatter one another;they sant to get above another and get they bow down to one another.

From my Great-grandfather, not to have frequented public schools, and to have had good teachers at home, and to know that on such things a man should spend liberally.

It loved to happen.

Neither must he use himself to cut off actions only, but thoughts and imaginations also, that are unnecessary for so will unnecessary consequent actions the better be prevented and cut off.

How rotten and spurious is the man who says: I have decided to be straightforward with you.

Thus the Stoics arrive at their main thesis. Virtue alone is admirable, virtue is absolutely self-sufficient; the good man needs no help from circumstances, neither sickness nor adversity can harm him; he is a king, a god among men.