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Meditations | Marcus Aurelius
Meditations is a series of writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161-180 CE, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy. A central theme to "Meditations" is to analyze your judgement of self and others and developing a cosmic perspective. As he said "You have the power to strip away many superfluous troubles located wholly in your judgement, and to possess a large room for yourself embracing in thought the whole cosmos, to consider everlasting time, to think of the rapid change in the parts of each thing, of how short it is from birth until dissolution, and how the void before birth and that after dissolution are equally infinite". He advocates finding one's place in the universe and sees that everything came from nature, and so everything shall return to it in due time. It seems at some points in his work that we are all part of a greater construct thus taking a collectivist approach rather than having an individualist perspective. Another strong theme is of maintaining focus and to be without distraction all the while maintaining strong ethical principles such as "Being a good man". His Stoic ideas often involve avoiding indulgence in sensory affections, a skill which will free a man from the pains and pleasures of the material world. He claims that the only way a man can be harmed by others is to allow his reaction to overpower him. An order or logos permeates existence. Rationality and clear-mindedness allow one to live in harmony with the logos.
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wisherwishinguponastar
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I have a tendency to only want to rely on myself and I feel ashamed to ask for help. Today‘s entry reminded me how much happiness other members of my life bring me and that cutting them out is not helpful. Also, I really like the Marcus Aurelius quotes #mentalhealth

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Kerrbearlib
The Meditations | Marcus Aurelius
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Boring Books for Bedtime a great podcast. Listening to this boring book tonight.

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IuliaC
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🪞 For nowhere either with more quiet or more freedom from trouble does a man retire than into his own soul, particularly when he has within him such thoughts that by looking into them he is immediately in perfect tranquility.

⚖ The soul as a sphere in equilibrium: Not grasping at things beyond it or retreating inward. Not fragmenting outward, not sinking back on itself, but ablaze with light and looking at the truth, without and within.

Graywacke Great quotes 11mo
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#ThinkPositiveBePositive @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Marcus Aurelius said it best, "Don't just say you are going to be a good man, be one."

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The_Penniless_Author
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Purchased this as part of my Ancient Rome book-buying binge many years ago. I'm a Stoic at heart (though some who know me might say I'm a Cynic), so there's a lot to like here, not least the most powerful man on Earth cataloging his shortcomings, including suffering from panic attacks and being a mediocre lover. Still, now that I've passed 40 I've become a middle-age man who owns Marcus Aurelius's Meditations, which makes me feel like a cliche 😅

WorldsOkayestStepMom I read part of this in college, but not all of it. I keep coming across it lately! 1y
andrew61 I was just listening about this so will have to give it a go. Here is the link ,I'd recommend https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000sjxt 1y
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TheSpineView
Meditaciones | Marco Aurelio
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MarkoPDX
Meditations | Marcus Aurelius
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Did I mention that a pandemic is depressing? I finally sat down and finished [ Meditations ]. I've picked it up and “read out of“ it for years, but decided to actually read the whole thing.

I would not label myself as strictly Stoic or Epicurean, I find pieces of both to be helpful in life. This is one of my favorite books of Stoic philosophy.

Read in 2020.

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"It is in our power to have no opinion about a thing."

- Chapter VI, Verse 52.

Bookwomble @Milara I'm here for the comments! 😄 2y
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"Asia and Europe are corners of the universe; all the sea a drop in the universe; Athos a little clod of the universe; all present time is a point in eternity. All things are little, changeable, perishable."

- Chapter VI, Verse 36

One the occasion of the 1,841st anniversary of the death of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus.

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ShaaM
Meditations | Marcus Aurelius
Mehso-so

I couldn't grasp even 20% of this book ! Very tough read for me

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TheSpineView
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#ThinkPositiveBePositive @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65

#Waste no more time arguing what a good person should be. Be one." ~ Marcus Aurelius

Tagging: @wanderinglynn @LibrarianKatie @RamsFan1963 @Nute

Nute Thanks for the tag!💕 2y
TheSpineView @Nute Anytime! 2y
wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag 😘 2y
TheSpineView @wanderinglynn You're welcome! 😊 2y
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rockpools
Meditations | Marcus Aurelius
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Bailedbailed

Start of my #CYOReadathon, which may/may not run til Sunday, depending on whether work reappears (I‘m very close to being totally over this freelancing malarkey 🥺)

My goal is to have less on my currently reading shelf at the end of the weekend. So I‘m starting with a bail. I still want to read this, but I‘m going to find myself a modern translation- this was George Long (1862). I‘m wading through the language rather than absorbing the content.

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Caffeinated_Reader
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#62 of my year. Gonna read this while waiting for my other books to be delivered 🤓 lol

Slajaunie Looks cozy! 2y
Caffeinated_Reader @Slajaunie thank you so much! Definitely my favorite room in the house ☺️ 2y
Caffeinated_Reader So very good to read. Lots of passages made me stop to think through just what was being said. In these chaotic times, I think it‘s a perfect read. 2y
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Palimpsest
The Meditations | Marcus Aurelius
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I can‘t choose three favorite books, but I can choose a few favorites. The older I get, some feelings towards books change and I grow appreciative of books I might not have loved when I was younger.
1. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
2. The Name of the Rose
3. Frankenstein
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Sabriel
Rebecca
The Master and Margarita
@vivastory thanks for the tag! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Tag if you want to play!

vivastory Fantastic choices 👏👏 2y
Palimpsest @vivastory I read Rebecca in 2012. I think I‘ll re-read it this year before the new movie is released. We seem to have a couple similar favorites. If you have any great book recommendations I‘d appreciate it if you let me know. 2y
vivastory I definitely will! I was unaware that there is a new version being released. Fingers crossed they do justice! 2y
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GoneFishing
Meditations | Marcus Aurelius

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.

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GoneFishing
Meditations | Marcus Aurelius

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.

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ReaderSean
Meditations | Marcus Aurelius
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Mehso-so

Well written book by the Roman Emperor discussing stoicism. The prose is quite beautiful but often feels like sentimental drivel compared to Aristotle or Plato (the only other ancient philosophers I‘ve read). I read the book mainly because it seems to occupy an important place in the western canon and because I was interested in learning about stoicism. However I was unimpressed by the overly passive outlook that stoics have on the world.

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SW-T
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“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

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https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/headspace-for-free/

#meditation #mentalhealth #shelterinplace

BarbaraTheBibliophage Thank you! I signed myself right up! 2y
SW-T @BarbaraTheBibliophage You‘re welcome! 💕 2y
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Palimpsest
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1. I loved to be read to at an early age and then probably by six or seven was reading because I loved it.
2. There are probably a lot that I should read and haven‘t yet. The tagged book is one that had an impact on me and one I want to return to again.
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Would you like to share? @Reggie @Redwritinghood @Taotev

Palimpsest @NeedsMoreBooks Thanks for the tag! 😊 2y
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TK-421
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“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

#Meditation #QuotsyMay20

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bookseller_cate
Meditations | Marcus Aurelius
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I first passed this on Tuesday and have been trying to keep it in mind since. I‘ve been neglecting my Stoic philosophy lately and it‘s definitely been affecting my mental health.

I‘m now taking a walk each morning so I see this sign every day as a reminder.

I think it‘s time to pull out my Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus again soon.

Love to you all! Stay safe out there! ❤️

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LowCountryKnight
The Meditations | Marcus Aurelius

Stoicism might work if you could just think whatever you wanted; however, I find that we are constrained by our conscience to only think weighty things, and it is not right to just blather on about “the substance of the universe“ and so on, which Marcus Aurelius does all the time. What that means is that stoicism is not really philosophical since it doesn't participate in the discussion very well. But Marcus Aurelius does provide positive answers.

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BestDogDad
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Mehso-so

It's pretty cool to be driving to work while listening to the thoughts of a Roman emperor from almost two thousand years ago. I listened to this on Librivox and the narration quality was uneven and audio quality really poor with some narrators. Perhaps I'll buy this at a used bookstore someday and give it another shot. Maybe my experience will be better. As it stands, it was worth my time but not particularly memorable.

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TheEllieMo
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A brief summary of how to act with #integrity, from a very old and wise sage, that seems to need reinforcing these days #BeKind

#ReallyRandomFebruary
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 Love this! 3y
Geenie ❤️ 3y
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Andno.86
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Foxyfictionista
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🌾🌾🌾🌾 This was a great book to end 2019 with. There were a lot of good things in here although a few things I disagreed with (he kept telling me to not read so many books). It was also important to keep a bit of perspective. Yes, we should be happy with what we have but when that comes from a wealthy emperor who was probably rich, the advice misses the mark. Overall, I got a lot of of this book and highly recommended it.

Cinfhen Hi!!!! You‘re back ❣️😁👍🏽 3y
Foxyfictionista @Cinfhen I'm back! I guess i just needed a break. Happy New year! 💕 3y
Cinfhen Here‘s to a wonderful new year 🥂 3y
Foxyfictionista @Cinfhen 🎉🎊🍾 3y
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“Constantly regard the universe as one living being, having one substance and one soul; and observe how all things have reference to one perception, the perception of this one living being; and how all things act with one movement; and how all things are the cooperating causes of all things that exist; observe, too, the continuous spinning of the thread and the contexture of the web.”

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“Love the art, poor as it may be, that thou hast learned, and be content with it; and pass through the rest of life like one who has intrusted to the gods with his whole soul all that he has, making thyself neither the tyrant nor the slave of any man.”
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Bookwomble Self-doubt is something I can struggle with; remembering that I am good enough can be difficult. Unreflectively reacting to my feelings of inadequacy and incompleteness with anger and remonstrance, or subordinating my needs to those of others to feel acceptable, all things that I recognise in myself. Aurelius's meditation helps me to connect with compassion for self and others, though it can be hard work at times. 3y
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Bookwomble
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“The universe is transformation; life is opinion.”

I like the brevity of this translation, though the meaning is, perhaps, a little clearer in this one:

“The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.”

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"We must make haste then, not only because we are daily nearer death, but also because the conception of things and the understanding of them cease first."

Cheery soul, old Marcus!
And yet, while remembrance of death may at times be morbid, it can also be freeing and uplifting.

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"Remember how long thou hast been putting off these things, & how often thou hast received an opportunity from the gods, & yet thou dost not use it. Thou must now at last perceive of what universe thou art a part, & of what administrator of the universe thy existence is an efflux, & that a limit of time is fixed for thee, which if thou dost not use for clearing away the clouds from thy mind, it will go & thou wilt go, & it will never return."

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Despite, or perhaps because of, not doing much today ahead of work in the evening, my head has been feeling rather muzzy. I've found a modern translation of Marcus Aurelius helpful in the past, and hope this nice-looking 1904 edition of an 1873 revision of an 1862 translation will read well.

Aimeesue Lovely cover! And it's just the perfect size! 3y
batsy I love that cover! 3y
Palimpsest I absolutely love it. I read Meditations earlier this year and it has become one of my favorite books. 3y
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Bookwomble @batsy It's has ingeniously textured board covers, designed to look like leather. As a veggie, I'm glad it's fake! The design is lovely, though 😊💖📖💖 3y
Bookwomble @Palimpsest It's a wonderful read, though at times I think Aurelius asks too much of himself. I don't think it's healthy to feel nothing at the death of a child (though clearly, he does feel, but thinks he shouldn't). 3y
Bookwomble @Aimeesue It's very pocketable! Though I must stress that I did buy it 😁 3y
Aimeesue @Bookwomble Ha! I love the smaller book sizes — I started collecting old Modern Library editions a while ago because they're almost the perfect size and they're so well made. I wish they were just a skosh smaller, but they'll do. (edited) 3y
Bookwomble @Aimeesue The old Everyman series and Collins Clear-Type Press editions are nice handy sizes, too 😊 3y
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TheSpineView Love that! 😊 3y
Eggs @TheSpineView ❤️🖤 3y
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Bookwomble
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We spent a pleasant afternoon in Howarth, West Yorkshire, home of the Brontë sisters, although we didn't go to the Brontë Parsonage Museum on this occasion. I did go to a couple of bookshops, though, as it seemed rude not to...
#bookhaul #booksandbowie

Leftcoastzen So pretty! I would definitely go in there! 3y
LeahBergen I ❤️ Haworth! 3y
Cathythoughts Oh how gorgeous! I want to go ♥️👍🏻 3y
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Bookwomble @Leftcoastzen I did go into that bookshop 😊 We've been to Haworth and the Brontë Parsonage before, and it is well worth a visit, but it seemed very busy and we decided to leave it for another time. 3y
Bookwomble @LeahBergen It's gorgeous, isn't it? 😊 3y
Bookwomble @Cathythoughts Ha! You implanted that adjective in my mind, Cathy 😄 I hope you get the opportunity for a visit 😊 3y
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CatharKnight
The Meditations | Marcus Aurelius
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This is one of those books that you read and, then, read again, again, and again... For anyone who is looking to improve their overall wellbeing, this is a must read read.

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Ross
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BookwormAHN
Meditations | Marcus Aurelius
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This week I did a lot better with my meditation goals. I made my 3 day goal for meditation, 3/5 for exercising and I'm now 9/10 for books, admittedly my eating wasn't great but I did drink more water. So all in all it wasn't a bad week but I'm hoping to do better for the last one 😺
#BFC #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

HOTPock3tt ♥️♥️♥️ 3y
dariazeoli Way to go! I think you did 👍 3y
wanderinglynn You had a solid week! 🙌🏻 way to go! 3y
Clwojick Way to go! 🍃 3y
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Mitch
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I really like this little literary magazine from Penguin Books. In each issue that take one person and one book. The first half of the magazine explores the bookish life of one famous person... and the second half is a series of interesting articles, photo stories and snippets linked to the the book selected for the issue! It‘s a very interesting format - I always learn so much!

wanderinglynn How neat! I may have to subscribe. 👍🏻👍🏻 3y
SamHeartCoffee This looks so cool! 3y
Mitch @wanderinglynn I‘ve got a 20% off code if you decided to subscribe.. “happyreading” https://boutiquemags.com/collections/frontpage/products/the-happy-reader 3y
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wanderinglynn Thanks! I just subscribed. 👍🏻😀 3y
Crazeedi That is a cool magazine! 3y
Mitch @wanderinglynn 👍🏼😁 3y
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Mindyrecycles
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Day 1 of #bookfitnesschallenge. My goals are pretty lax: 1. Move every day. 2. Listen to a book while I move. 3. Continue a low carb, low fat way of eating. I lost 13 pounds last month. Only 80 to go. 😂 #gilmoregirlsreadingchallenge #aty2019

Clwojick 13 lbs! That‘s awesome! Keep up the awesome work! ♥️ 3y
alisiakae Great job! How do you like the Meditations audiobook? 3y
Bookwormjillk Wow! I‘m so impressed with your weight loss. Keep up the great work! 3y
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Read4life Amazing results. I‘m so happy for you. 💙 3y
dariazeoli Stellar job! 👍 3y
Kaye 💖 3y
Chrissyreadit 🙌🙌🙌 3y
Caterina Love me some Marcus Aurelius! Hope he's a good moving buddy for ya. 😊 3y
Mindyrecycles @Clwojick @4thhouseontheleft @Bookwormjillk @Read4life @dariazeoli @Kaye @Chrissyreadit @Caterina Thank you all so much for the encouraging words! Finding some good nuggets from Marcus. There‘s a little too much the gods this and the gods that for my taste though. 😂 (edited) 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser That's fantastic! I have similar goals but I'm struggling to maintain them. You are going great! I have 25 kg to lose, but I'd be happy with 10kg. You are inspiring, thanks for sharing 🤗 3y
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Palimpsest
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I loved this book which I‘m sure I‘ll read again. This specific edition has a nice intro about Marcus and stoicism. The book read to me like daily affirmations and thoughts to live by; some repeated such as to live in the present. Some meditations seem more like observations, “disgraceful: that the mind should control the face, should be able to shape and mold as it pleases, but not shape and mold itself.” Or don‘t let your imagination be crushed

Palimpsest As a whole. Don‘t try to picture everything bad that could possibly happen.” It‘s a book you could read as a whole and then pick it up daily and choose a few passages to ponder. I highly recommend this book and know I will return to it often. 3y
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This is a must read for anyone even remotely interested in Philosophy. It is hard to believe that this was written back in Ancient Roman times, because so many of his words connected with me and are relevant to the current climate. There are soo many quotes that have become a firm favourite of mine, and I will definitely delve into this publication time and time again. loved it! #marcusaurelius #philosophy #ancientrome

wordzie 💝 4y
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Bookwomble
Meditations | Marcus Aurelius (Emperor of Rome), Martin Hammond, Diskin Clay
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“How good it is, when you have roast meat or suchlike foods before you, to impress on your mind that this is the dead body of a fish, this the dead body of a bird or pig.”

DivineDiana And that is why I have made the decision not to have it on my plate! 4y
Bookwomble @DivineDiana 😁🐄🐖🐏🦃🐔🐟💗 4y
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Groovedaddy
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“Do not act as if thou wert going to live ten thousand years. Death hangs over thee. While thou livest, while it is in thy power, be good.”

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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyFeb19 Day 16: If this is Aurelius‘ definition of a #grouch, then I shall probably live my life as one. Was very privileged to visit this place last year while I was in Dublin.