Thought for the Day – May 7th

05-07

“…ἀναγκαῖον δὲ ὧδε τὸ μεμνῆσθαι, ὅτι καὶ ἡ ἐπιστροφὴ καθ ἑκάστην πρᾶξιν ἰδίαν ἀξίαν ἔχει καὶ συμμετρίαν˙ οὕτως γὰρ οὐκ ἀποδυςπετήσεις…”
Antoninus, Marcus Aurelius. Meditations, Book IV, Section 32
Also entitled, “The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antonius”
SEE (English): http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15877/15877-h/15877-h.htm
SEE (English): http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Thoughts_of_the_Emperor_Marcus_Aurelius_Antoninus/Book_IV
SEE (English): http://books.google.com/books?id=77I9AAAAIAAJ&pg
SEE (Greek): http://el.wikisource.org/Τὰ_εἰς_ἑαυτόν/4  (Section 31)
WEB PRESENCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Aurelius
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NOTE:
FULL QUOTE: “Consider, for example, the times of Vespasian. Thou wilt see all these things, people marrying, bringing up children, sick, dying, warring, feasting, trafficking, cultivating the ground, flattering, obstinately arrogant, suspecting, plotting, wishing for some to die, grumbling about the present, loving, heaping up treasure, desiring consulship, kingly power. Well, then, that life of these people no longer exists at all. Again, remove to the times of Trajan. Again, all is the same. Their life too is gone. In like manner view also the other epochs of time and of whole nations, and see how many after great efforts soon fell and were resolved into the elements. But chiefly thou shouldst think of those whom thou hast thyself known distracting themselves about idle things, neglecting to do what was in accordance with their proper constitution, and to hold firmly to this and to be content with it. And herein it is necessary to remember that the attention given to everything has its proper value and proportion. For thus thou wilt not be dissatisfied, if thou appliest thyself to smaller matters no further than is fit.”

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