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  • Doug Belshaw 6:57 am on June 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Take no enterprise in hand at haphazard, or without regard to the principles governing its proper execution.

    Marcus Aurelius

     
  • Doug Belshaw 8:30 pm on March 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    O man, citizenship of this great world-city has been yours. Whether for five years or fivescore, what is that to you? Whatever the law of that city decrees is fair to one and all alike. Wherein, then, is your grievance? You are not ejected from the city by any unjust judge or tyrant, but by the selfsame Nature which brought you into it; just as when an actor is dismissed by the manager who engaged him. ‘But I have played no more than three of the five acts.’ Just so; in your drama of life, three acts are all the play. Its point of completeness is determined by him who formerly sanctioned your creation, and today sanctions your dissolution. Neither of those decisions lay within yourself. Pass on your way, then, with a smiling face, under the smile of him who bids you go.

    Marcus Aurelius

     
  • Doug Belshaw 6:30 pm on March 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    When a man finds his sole good in that which the appointed hour brings him; when he cares not if his actions be many or few, so they accord with strict reason; when it matters nought to him whether his glimpse of this world be long or fleeting – not death itself can be a thing of terror to him.

    Marcus Aurelius

     
  • Doug Belshaw 12:30 pm on March 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Once you have done a man a service, what more would you have? Is it not enough to have obeyed the laws of your own nature, without expecting to be paid for it? That is like the eye demanding a reward for seeing, or the feet for walking.

    Marcus Aurelius

     
  • Doug Belshaw 8:30 pm on March 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Even in a palace life may be lived well.

    Marcus Aurelius

     
  • Doug Belshaw 6:30 am on March 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    For a life that is sound and secure, cultivate a thorough insight into things and discover their essence, matter, and cause; put your whole heart into doing what is just, and speaking what is true; and for the rest, know the joy of life by piling good deed on good deed until no rift or cranny appears between them.

    Marcus Aurelius

     
  • Doug Belshaw 7:00 am on March 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    There is a doom inorexable and a law inviolable, or there is a providence that can be merciful, or else there is a chaos that is purposeless and ungoverned. If a resistless fate, why try to struggle against it? If a providence willing to show mercy, do your best to deserve its divine succour. If a chaos undirected, give thanks that amid such stormy seas you have within you a mind at the helm. If the waters overwhelm you, let then overwhelm flesh, breath, and all else, but they will never make shipwreck of the mind

    Marcus Aurelius

     
  • Doug Belshaw 8:30 pm on March 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Everything is but what your opinion makes it; and that opinion lies within yourself. Renounce it when you will, and at once you have rounded the foreland and all is calm; a tranquil sea, a tideless haven.

    Marcus Aurelius

     
  • Doug Belshaw 6:30 pm on March 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Firstly, avoid all actions that are haphazard or purposeless, and secondly, let every action aim solely at the common good.

    Marcus Aurelius

     
  • Doug Belshaw 4:30 pm on March 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Impulse control 

    If it is not the right thing to do, never do it; if it is not the truth, never say it. Keep your impulses in hand.

    Marcus Aurelius

     
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