Rise to the work of a human being

In the morning, when you rise unwillingly, let this thought be present: I am rising to the work of a human being. ~ Marcus Aurelius

Begin the morning

Begin the morning by saying to yourself, I shall meet with the busybody, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, unsocial. All these things happen to them by reason of their ignorance of what is good and evil. … I can neither be injured by any of…

Escape from the crush of circumstances

Today I escaped from the crush of circumstances, or better put, I threw them out, for the crush wasn’t from outside me but in my own assumptions. ~ Marcus Aurelius

Smile back

Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back. ~ Marcus Aurelius

Be one

Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one. ~ Marcus Aurelius (178)

Stand erect

A man must stand erect, not be kept erect by others. ~ Marcus Aurelius (168)