The Emperor Marcus Antoninus: His Conversation with Himself. Together with the Preliminary Discourse of the Learned Gataker. As Also, the Emperor's Life

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Page 155 - The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts, therefore guard accordingly ; and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
Page 309 - No; you quit the stage as fairly as a player does that has his discharge from the master of the revels. But I have only gone through three acts, and not held out to the end of the fifth.
Page 277 - Put it out of the power of truth to give you an ill character, and if anybody reports you not to be an honest man, let your practice give him the lie...
Page 246 - Men are born to be Serviceable to one another, therefore either Reform the World, or bear with it.
Page 176 - When you find an unwillingness to rise early in the morning, make this short speech to yourself: 'I am getting up now to do the business of a man; and am I out of humour for going about that which I was made for, and for the sake of which I was sent into the world?
Page 146 - Future ; for, how can any one be depriv'd of what he has not ? So that, under this Confideration, there are two Notions worth the laying up ; One is, that a little while is enough to view the World in, for Things are repeated, and come over again apace. Nature treads in a Circle, and has much the fame Face through the whole Courfe of Eternity : And therefore it fignifies not a Farthing, whether a Man ftands gazing here an Hundred, or...
Page 152 - ... and endeavours to do the first as it should be, and believes that his lot is good. For every man's fate is suitable, since it is suited to him. He considers that the rational principle is akin in all men, and that general kindness and concern for the whole world is no more than a piece of human nature — that not every one's good opinion is not worth the gaining, but only that of those who seek to live in accordance with Nature. As for others, he knows their way of living, both at home and abroad,...
Page 244 - Let your soul," says the philosopher, " receive the Deity as your blood does the air; for the influences of the one are no less vital than the other. This correspondence is very practicable ; for there is an ambient omnipresent Spirit, which lies as open and pervious to your mind, as the air you breathe does to your lungs. But then you must remember to be disposed to draw it.
Page 227 - Patience tried through fo many Ages, yet they not only bear with a wicked World, but provide liberally for it into the Bargain : And are you that are juft going off the Stage fick of the Company? Are you tired with ill Men already, and yet one of thofe unhappy Mortals your felf? LXXII. 'Tis great Folly to run from other Peoples Faults, and not part with your own: This is going quite the wrong Way to work, grafping at a Project impracticable, and lofing an Advantage which lies in your Power.
Page 272 - No. Let the world see and recognise in you an honest man who lives according to nature ; and if they do not like him, let them kill him, for it is much better he were served so, than to live as they do.

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