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Commentary on Meditations: B8:45-46
Pick me up and throw me where you will. Wherever I land I shall keep the god within me happy - satisfied, that is, if attitude and action follow its own constitution. Is this present thing any good reason for my soul to be sick and out of sorts - humbled, c...
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Commentary on Meditations: B8:43-44
Joy varies from person to person. My joy is if I keep my directing mind pure, denying no human being or human circumstance, but looking on all things with kindly eyes, giving welcome or use to each as it deserves. Look, make yourself a gift of this present ...
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Commentary on Meditations: B8:38-42
If you have sharp sight, use it: but, as the poet says, add wise judgement. In the constitution of the rational being I can see no virtue that counters justice: but I do see the counter to pleasure self-control. If you remove your judgement of anything that...
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Commentary on Meditations: B8:36-37
Do not let the panorama of your life oppress you, do not dwell on all the various troubles which may have occurred in the past or may occur in the future. Just ask yourself in each instance of the present: 'What is there in this work which I cannot endure o...
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Commentary on Meditations: B8:34-35
If you have ever seen a severed hand or foot, or a head cut off and lying some way away from the rest of the body - analogous is what someone does to himself, as far as he can, when he will not accept his lot and severs himself from society or does some uns...
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Commentary on Meditations: B8:31-33
The court of Augustus - wife, daughter, grandsons, step-sons, sister, Agrippa, relatives, household, friends, Areius, Maecenas, doctors, diviners: an entire court dead. Go on now to other cases, where it is not the death of just one individual but of a whol...
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Commentary on Meditations: B8:28-30
Pain is an evil either to the body - so let the body give its evidence - or to the soul. But the soul can preserve its own clear sky and calm voyage by not assessing pain as an evil. Every judgement, every impulse, desire and rejection is within the soul, w...
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Commentary on Meditations: B8:26-27
Man's joy is to do man's proper work. And work proper to man is benevolence to his own kind, disdain for the stirrings of the senses, diagnosis of the impressions he can trust, contemplation of universal nature and all things thereby entailed. Three relatio...
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Commentary on Meditations: B8:25
Lucilla buried Verus, then Lucilla was buried. Secunda buried Maximus, then Secunda next. So with Epitynchanus and Diotimus, Antoninus and Faustina. The same story always. Celer saw Hadrian to his grave, then went to his own grave. Where are they now, those...
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Commentary on Meditations: B8:21-24
Turn it inside out and see what it is like, what it becomes in age, sickness, death. Life is short both for praiser and praised, for the remembering and the remembered. And this, moreover, in just a cranny of one continent: even here not all are attuned to ...
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