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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Meditations IV

From Marcus Aurelius' "Meditations":

“A man might have applied that to him, which is recorded of Socrates, that he knew how to want, and to enjoy those things, in the want whereof, most men show themselves weak; and in the fruition, intemperate...”

This rings so true with me. Learn how to live lacking certain luxuries, and don't let the absence of these things weaken you. And when they come along, do not be intemperate with them. How often do we see people who are struggling financially win the lottery, and then a year later they are broke again, because they were intemperate when they finally had the money!

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