Mar 152011

Maintain a constant mildness of temper and a tranquility of mind in all things
Remain abstinent from mean and evil thoughts
Refrain from fault-finding
Practice a constant benevolence in nature
Look carefully after the interests of friends
Do not esteem yourself too highly; skill in expounding philosophical principles is the smallest of merits
Do not be opinionated
Tolerate ignorant persons
Be accommodating without false flattery
Never show anger or any passion
Be affectionate
Give to others readily
Cherish good hopes
Listen generously
Do not criticize
Be ready to forgive
Seek an agreeable humor
Avoid sarcasm and cynicism and all ironies
Nurture a love of labor and vigorous action
Perseverance against arrogance, pedantry, sophistry and pride
Be satisfied in all occasions, and cheerful

Throw away thy books; no longer distract thyself… cast away the thirst after books, that thou mayest not die murmuring, but cheerfully, truly, and from thy heart thankful to God.

consider thus: Thou art an old man; no longer let this be a slave, no longer be pulled by the strings like a puppet to unsocial movements, no longer either be dissatisfied with thy present lot, or shrink from the future.

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 and thou wilt go, and it will never return.

Every moment think steadily as a Roman and a man to do what thou hast in hand with perfect and simple dignity, and feeling of affection, and freedom, and justice; and to give thyself relief from all other thoughts.

the offences which are committed through desire are more blameable than those which are committed through anger.

How much worse are the consequences of anger than their causes.

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