Citati iz knjige „The Meditations“ autora Marcus Aurelius

The offender needs pity, not wrath; those who must needs be corrected, should be treated with tact and gentleness; and one must be always ready to learn better. 'The best kind of revenge is, not to become like unto them.'
death of earth is to be­come wa­ter, and the death of wa­ter is to be­come air, and the death of air is to be­come fire, and re­versely
But to be strong enough both to bear the one and to be sober in the other is the mark of a man who has a per­fect and in­vin­cible soul
To read with diligence; not to rest satisfied with a light and superficial knowledge
what the heart is full of, the man will do.
'No man is sufficient to himself,' says the Christian; 'we must bear together, help together, comfort together.
Is any man so foolish as to fear change, to which all things that
once were not owe their being
Give thy­self time to learn some­thing new and good, and cease to be whirled around. But then thou must also avoid be­ing car­ried about the other way.
Re­mem­ber how long thou hast been put­ting off these things, and how of­ten thou hast re­ceived an op­por­tun­ity from the gods, and yet dost not use it.
As a horse when he has run, a dog when he has tracked the game, a bee when it has made the honey, so a man when he has done a good act, does not call out for oth­ers to come and see, but he goes on to an­other act, as a vine goes on to pro­duce again the grapes in sea­son
nor con­tinu­ally to ex­cuse the neg­lect of du­ties re­quired by our re­la­tion to those with whom we live, by al­leging ur­gent oc­cu­pa­tions.
re­ceived the im­pres­sion that my char­ac­ter re­quired im­prove­ment and dis­cip­line; and from him I learned not to be led astray to soph­istic emu­la­tion, nor to writ­ing on spec­u­lat­ive mat­ters, nor to de­liv­er­ing little hort­at­ory ora­tions, nor to show­ing my­self off as a man who prac­tises much dis­cip­line, or does be­ne­vol­ent acts in or­der to make a dis­play; and to ab­stain from rhet­oric, and po­etry, and fine writ­ing; and not to walk about in the house in my out­door dress, nor to do other things of the kind; and to write my let­ters with sim­pli­city, like the let­ter which Rus­ti­cus wrote from Sinuessa to my mother; and with re­spect to those who have of­fen­ded me by words, or done me wrong, to be eas­ily dis­posed to be pa­ci­fied and re­con­ciled, as soon as they have shown a read­i­ness to be re­con­ciled; and to read care­fully, and not to be sat­is­fied with a su­per­fi­cial un­der­stand­ing of a book; nor hast­ily to give my as­sent to those who talk over­much; and I am in­debted to him for be­ing ac­quain­ted with the dis­courses of Epic­t­etus, which he com­mu­nic­ated to me out of his own col­lec­tion.
In this in­fin­ity then what is the dif­fer­ence between him who lives three days and him who lives three gen­er­a­tions?4
Al­ways run to the short way; and the short way is the nat­ural: ac­cord­ingly say and do everything in con­form­ity with the sound­est reason. For such a pur­pose frees a man from trouble, and war­fare, and all ar­ti­fice and os­ten­ta­tious dis­play.
For everything that ex­ists is in a man­ner the seed of that which will be.
In a word, thy life is short. Thou must turn to profit the present by the aid of reason and justice. Be sober in thy re­lax­a­tion
Now a man should take away not only un­ne­ces­sary acts, but also, un­ne­ces­sary thoughts, for thus su­per­flu­ous acts will not fol­low after
That which does not make a man worse than he was, also does not make his life worse, nor does it harm him either from without or from within
Con­sider that everything which hap­pens, hap­pens justly, and if thou ob­ser­vest care­fully, thou wilt find it to be so. I do not say only with re­spect to the con­tinu­ity of the series of things, but with re­spect to what is just, and as if it were done by one who as­signs to each thing its value. Ob­serve then as thou hast be­gun; and whatever thou doest, do it in con­junc­tion with this, the be­ing good, and in the sense in which a man is prop­erly un­der­stood to be good. Keep to this in every ac­tion
Take away thy opin­ion, and then there is taken away the com­plaint, “I have been harmed.” Take away the com­plaint, “I have been harmed,” and the harm is taken away
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