Monday, July 25, 2005

When I seek peace I turn to Marcus Aurelius...

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. (121–180). The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.
The Harvard Classics. 1909–14.

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1. BEGIN the morning by saying to thyself, I shall meet with the busybody, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, unsocial. All these things happen to them by reason of their ignorance of what is good and evil. But I who have seen the nature of the good that it is beautiful and of the bad that it is ugly, and the nature of him who does wrong, that it is akin to me, not [only] of the same blood or seed, but that it participates in [the same] intelligence and [the same] portion of the divinity, I can neither be injured by any of them, for no one can fix on me what is ugly, nor can I be angry with my kinsman, nor hate him. For we are made for co-operation, like feet, like hands, like eyelids, like the rows of the upper and lower teeth. To act against one another then is contrary to nature; and it is acting against one another to be vexed and to turn away.

Comments:
Beautiful (like you!).

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thalia
 
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Thank you for taking a peek at this non-blog.

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Sometimes, though, it takes so much strength not to turn away. Thank you for this, N. xoxo m
 
Yes - very true M - it is very tough but life is such.

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Take good care, darling! Thank you for sharing this with us.

Hugs!
 
Thanks darling R! I was just typing an email to you.

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N, It is so hot and humid here that my brain has melted, and I have been immersed for the last 2 days in the latest Harry Potter. Thank you for a quote worth thinking about!
 
(((N)))). Wonderful words. Thank you for sharing them.
 
Thank you dear Robin and Laura.

LOL Robin about heat melting your brain which is impossible to believe and reading the latest Harry Potter (which my DH has now completed) ;D

Dear Laura - good to see you here. I hope you are not too busy with work!

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Excellent! Thank you for sharing this quote, dear N. I like Stoics, and Marcus Aurelius' writings never fail to inspire.
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Thank you Masterblogs for visiting this blog and the great news.
 
Dear V! I too find him very inspirational and glad you liked this quote too.

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Wow! A Master Blogger! Congrats!!!
 
"For we are made for co-operation, like feet, like hands, like eyelids, like the rows of the upper and lower teeth."

Perfect metaphor. Thank you for the beautiful thought!
 
Yes - the entire book titled 'Meditations' is wonderful to read.
 
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