Sunday

July 16

LET it not be in any man's power to say truly of you that you are not simple or that you are not good; if anyone thinks anything of this kind about you, let him be a liar; and this is altogether in your power. For who is it that will hinder you from being good or simple?

MARCUS AURELIUS. MEDITATIONS. Book x. 32.

HOW unsound and insincere is he who says, "I have determined to deal with you in a fair way." What are you doing, man? There is no occasion to give this notice! It will soon show itself by its acts. The voice ought to be plainly written on the forehead.

MARCUS AURELIUS. MEDITATIONS. Book xi. 15.

*The quotes were changed to G. Long's 1862 translation (2012)

4 comments:

  1. If anyone has anything negative to say about you, make sure that they are lying. For perceptions of you simplicity and honesty should spring from your actions, not your words.

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  2. Be known as being honest, trustworthy and "simple". Anyone who says otherwise should be lying about you.

    Virtue should be a part of who you are without having to announce that this is the way you live to anyone. It should be plainly written in your being.

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  3. For who is it that should hinder thee from being either truly simple or good? Do thou only resolve rather not to live, than not to be such.

    Let us strive to live a truly virtuous life. If anyone says the contrary about us let it be an obvious lie. Our character should be plainly obvious to everyone who sees our day to day lives and watches how we act and interact with Society around us. By our fruits are we known...

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  4. If anyone accuses you of not being good, honest or virtuous, make it your task to ensure that they are lying. Their words and opinions are not in your power, but your actions are. Let your justice, courage, compassion, moderation and wisdom speak so loudly that they drown out the lies.

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