General Marcus Aurelius Quotes

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  1. Ishna

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    "If you set yourself to your present task along the path of true reason, with all determination, vigour, and good will: if you admit no distraction, but keep your own divinity pure and standing strong, as if you had to surrender it right now; if you grapple this to you, expecting nothing, shirking nothing, but self-content with each present action taken in accordance with nature and a heroic truthfulness in all that you say and mean - then you will lead a good life. And nobody is able to stop you."
    - Marcus Aurelius
     
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    I like it, a lot,

    although keeping ones own divinity pure is subjective in terms not only of divinity, but also what is pure
     
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    Marcus' understanding of divinity and purity becomes evident reading the rest of his book. But I think the words can also stand on their own quite successfully.
     
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    i will have to read it, it does sound interesting,
     
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    It's no Herman Hesse though :p
     
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    pity, I will have to allow for the lack of all the self loathing and drama
     
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    The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

    Marcus Aurelius

    oh, I like him a lot!
     
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    my apologies, I have read this quote incorrectly, and my liking a lot has receded, a little bit anyway.

    I interpreted the quote as follows, note the comma, thank you

    The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape, finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

    Harry Haller
     
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    Something which I can relate to my name.. Guru Sahib says you can bloom like a lotus in the filthy mud of the world.
     
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    does a lotus bloom despite, or because of the mud?
     
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    Exactly.. people see mud, lotus sees sustenance
     
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