Meditations of Marcus Aurelius



Meditations of
Marcus Aurelius

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Meditations of Marcus Aurelius Book II

Begin the morning by saying to thyself, I shall meet with the busy-body, 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 kinsmen, nor hate him.  For we are made for co-operation, like feet, like hands, like eyelids, like the rows of 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.

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