On every occasion a man should ask himself, Is this one of the unnecessary things?

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

Profession: Soldier
Nationality: Roman

Some suggestions for you :

Today I have got out of all trouble, or rather I have cast out all trouble, for it was not outside, but within and in my opinions.

When jarred, unavoidably, by circumstance, revert at once to yourself, and don't lose the rhythm more than you can help. You'll have a better group of harmony if you keep on going back to it.

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

Give up your thirst for books, so that you do not die a grouch.

Remember that our efforts are subject to circumstances; you weren't aiming to do the impossible. —Aiming to do what, then? To try. And you succeeded. What you set out to do is accomplished.

Is any man afraid of change? Why what can take place without change? What then is more pleasing or more suitable to the universal nature? And canst thou take a bath unless the wood undergoes a change? And canst thou be nourished, unless the food undergoes a change? And can anything else that is useful be accomplished without change?

It is in our power to have no opinion about a thing and not to be disturbed in our soul; for things themselves have no natural power to form our judgments.

Observe, in short, how transient and trivial is all mortal life; yesterday a drop of semen, tomorrow a handful of spice or ashes. Spend, therefore, these fleeting moments of earth as Nature would have you spend them, and then go to your rest with a good grace, as an olive falls in its season, with a blessing for the earth.

It isn't ceasing to live that [I'm] afraid of but never beginning to live properly.

Life is short. That's all there is to say. Get what you can from the present—thoughtfully, justly. Unrestrained moderation.

Dig deep; the water- goodness- is down there. And as long as you keep digging, it will keep bubbling up.

Whatever happens, happens rightly. Watch closely, and you will find this true. In the succession of events there is not mere sequence alone, but an order that is just right, as from the hand of one who dispense to their due.

It is not death that a man should fear, but rather he should fear never beginning to live.

Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.