“Do external things distract you? Then make time for yourself and learn something worthwhile; stop letting yourself be pulled in all directions. People who labor all their lives but have no purpose to direct every thought and impulse toward are wasting their time—even when hard at work.” –Marcus Aurelius.
“This is the secret of cheerfulness—not depending on someone’s help or expecting them to provide us tranquillity.”
“No matter what anyone says or does, my task is to be good. Like gold or emerald or purple repeating to itself, ‘No matter what anyone says or does, my task is to be emerald, my color undiminished.’ ”
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
—Marcus Aurelius, Meditations.
“Meditate often on the interconnectedness and mutual interdependence of all things in the universe. For in a sense, all things are mutually woven together and therefore have an affinity for each other—for one thing follows after another according to their tension of movement, their sympathetic stirrings, and the unity of all substance.”
“Consider that as the heaps of sand piled on one another hide the former sands, so in life the events which go before are soon covered by those which come after.”
“When you’ve done well and another has benefited by it, why like a fool do you look for a third thing on top— credit for the good deed or a favor in return?”