Let not the general representation unto thyself of the wretchedness of this our mortal life, trouble thee.

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

Profession: Soldier
Nationality: Roman

Some suggestions for you :

Run down the list of those who felt intense anger at something: the most famous, the most unfortunate, the most hated, the most whatever: Where is all that now? Smoke, dust, legend…or not even a legend. Think of all the examples. And how trivial the things we want so passionately are.

To be like the rock that the waves keep crashing over. It stands unmoved and the raging of the sea falls still around it.

I do not regard a man as poor, if the little which remains is enough for him.

Will any man despise me? Let him see to it. But I will see to it that I may not be found doing or saying anything that deserves to be despised.

And I observed that he had overcome all passion for boys.

Do not act as if you had ten thousand years to throw away. Death stands at your elbow. Be good for something while you live and it is in your power.

That all is as thinking makes it so – and you control your thinking. So remove your judgements whenever you wish and then there is calm - as the sailor rounding the cape finds smooth water and the welcome of a waveless bay.

Receive without conceit, release without struggle.

The way to peace is to be content with yourself, honor the light of reason within, live in harmony with others, and be grateful to the gods for the universe and your role in it.

Fame in a world like this is worthless.

Do, soul, do; abuse and contemn thyself; yet a while and the time for thee to respect thyself, will be at an end.

Here is the rule to remember in the future, When anything tempts you to be bitter: not, 'This is a misfortune' but 'To bear this worthily is good fortune.'

People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills. There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

Accept everything which happens, even if it seem disagreeable, because it leads to this, the health of the universe.