37. When you pretend you can do what you cannot do, you demean yourself and prevent someone who might do the job from doing it. Someone who might turn out to be a friend.
Don’t worry over the shape of your life. Don’t worry about all the misfortunes that might happen to you. Each moment, ask yourself this: what is happening right now that is intolerable and beyond what I can handle? Then remind yourself that neither the past nor the future can hurt you, only what is happening … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself
All things are connected—bound together and sacred. Nothing is not connected. All things combine to comprise the universe. There is one universe, made up of all things, and all things are one divinity who pervades all things and and is all substance. All operate within one law and the same comprehension and truth pervades all … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself
Always and everywhere, it is in your power to accept what is happening, to act justly to those around you, and to use your skills to control your thoughts so that nothing slips into them without examination. Don’t be looking for what principles motivate other people. Rather, look straight at what nature leads you to … More Marcus Aurelius “Three Rules”
8. Forget about controlling what happens; learn to wish that everything that happens happens just as it happens. Then . . . all will go exactly as planned.
Watch out for four errors of the higher mind; when you see one of these, say, “That thought is unnecessary!” First is that thought which tends to damage social relations. Second is a thought that does not come from genuine thinking. Third is speaking the thoughts of others. The fourth is when you reproach yourself … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself