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"To live the good life: We have the potential for it. If we can learn to be indifferent to what makes no difference." Marcus Aurelius

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"Your mind will take the shape of what you frequently hold in thought, for the human spirit is colored by such impressions." Marcus Aurelius

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"If someone is slipping up, kindly correct them and point out what they missed. But if you can't, blame yourself‚or no one." Marcus Aurelius

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Some more daily questions from the Stoics:

- What habit bonfires am I fueling? (Epictetus)
- What would Cato do? (Seneca)
- Why am I doing this? Out of thoughtless habit? (Musonius Rufus)
- Is there anything better than justice, wisdom, moderation, and courage? (Marcus Aurelius)

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"I will despise riches when I have them as much as when I have them not." Seneca

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"No overactivity." Marcus Aurelius

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". . . freedom isn't secured by filling up on your heart's desire but by removing your desire." Epictetus

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"Fortune falls heavily on those for whom she's unexpected. The one always on the lookout easily endures." Seneca

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"Get busy with life's purpose, toss aside empty hopes, get active in your own rescue..." Marcus Aurelius

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"You are a little soul carrying about a corpse, as Epictetus used to say." Marcus Aurelius

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Some questions from the Stoics to ask each day:

- Is this in my control? (Epictetus)
- Is this essential? (Marcus Aurelius)
- What’s the worst case scenario? Am I prepared? (Seneca)
- Where did I fall short? Where did I improve? Where can I do better? (Seneca)

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"A benefit should be kept like a buried treasure, only to be dug up in necessity. . . . Nature bids us to do well by all. . . . Wherever there is a human being, we have an opportunity for kindness." Seneca

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"False friendship is the worst. Avoid it at all costs." Marcus Aurelius

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"Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future." Seneca

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Things you should NOT do, according to the Stoics:

- Don’t be overheard complaining...even to yourself (Marcus Aurelius)
- Don’t put on airs about your self-improvement (Epictetus)
- Don’t overindulge in eating or drinking (Musonius)
- Don’t speak more than you listen (Zeno)

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"If you wish to be good, first believe that you are bad." Epictetus

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"The shortest way to wealth is through the contempt of wealth." Seneca

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