Marcus Aurelius

 marcus-aurelius

Good Philosophy is a gracious gift.  The Meditations of this guy are worth a look.  Here is a sample (with my slightly poetic translation) that I read every morning:

TURN YOUR ATTENTION WITHIN–FOR THE FOUNTAIN OF ALL THAT IS GOOD IS WITHIN YOU.

AND  IT IS ALWAYS READY TO POUR FORTH.

DO NOT GIVE UP OR BE DISGUSTED OR IMPATIENT WITH YOURSELF IF YOU DO NOT ACT FROM THE BEST IN YOURSELF IN EVERY SITUATION.

BUT, HAVING BEEN DRIVEN OFF COURSE,

RETURN AGAIN TO YOUR CENTER AND REJOICE IF MOST OF YOUR ACTIONS ARE WORTHY OF YOUR BETTER ANGELS…

AND LOVE THAT TO WHICH YOU RETURN

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