Choose the course which you adopt with deliberation; but when you have adopted it, then persevere in it with firmness.
Bias of Priene (via swallowtheredpill)
The robber of your free will does not exist.
Epictetus (via swallowtheredpill)
The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.
Marcus Aurelius (via kyleschen)
I shall meet today ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, uncharitable men. All of these things have come upon them through ignorance of real good and ill… I can neither be harmed by any of them, for no man will involve me in wrong, nor can I be angry with my kinsman or hate him; for we have come into the world to work together…
Marcus Aurelius (via thefilmslinger)
Remember that man lives only in the present, in this fleeting instant; all the rest of his life is either past and gone, or not yet revealed. Short, therefore, is man’s life, and narrow is the corner of the earth wherein he dwells.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations: Book III (via amq)
Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.
Marcus Aurelius (via randomglory)
Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry.
Jack Kerouac (via shrouded-traveler)
For each desire we fulfill… a new desire will pop into our heads to take its place. This means that no matter how hard we work to satisfy our desires, we will be no closer to satisfaction than if we had fulfilled none of them.
William Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy. (via reveriesofasolitaryblogger)
You cannot sell a man who isn’t listening; word of mouth is the best medium of all; and dullness won’t sell your product, but neither will irrelevant brilliance.”-Bill Bernbach
We lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac (via joshchenier)
The opportunity of a lifetime is to pick yourself. Quit waiting to get picked; quit waiting for someone to give you permission; quit waiting for someone to say you are officially qualified and pick yourself. It doesn’t mean you have to be an entrepreneur or a freelancer, but it does mean you stand up and say, ‘I have something to say. I know how to do something. I’m doing it. If you want me to do it with you, raise your hand.’
Seth Godin (via louisepotter)
A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world
Jack Kerouac, On the Road (via shelterfromthenorm)
Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.
Jack Kerouac (via kathrynsoloway)
Think of the totality of all Being, and what a mite of it is yours; of Time, and and the brief fleeting instant that is allotted to yourself; think of Destiny, and how puny a part of it you are.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (via wanderingman07)
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