Seven great quotes by Marcus Aurelius that have inspired me throughout the years.
- “Matter. How tiny your share of it. Time. How brief and fleeting your allotment of it. Fate. How small a role you play in it.”
- “Soon you’ll be ashes, or bones A mere name, at most- and even that is just a sound, an echo.”
- “Practice really hearing what people say. Do your best to get inside their minds.”
- “Not “some way to sleep with her”- but a way to stop wanting to. Not “some way to get rid of him”- but a way to stop trying. Not “some way to save my child”-but a way to lose your fear. Redirect your prayers like that.”
- “Everything that happens is either endurable or not. If it’s endurable, then endure it. Stop complaining. If it’s unendurable…then stop complaining. Your destruction will mean its end as well.” (My favorite when I was feeling sorry for myself and wanted to complain to someone).
- “How much more damage anger and grief do than the things that cause them.”
- “It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own.”
Enjoy your holiday weekend. Back to more normal posts on Tuesday, July 5, 2011.