- Keep this thought at the ready at daybreak, and through the day and night – there is only one path to happiness, and that is in giving up all outside of your sphere of choice, regard nothing else as your possession, surrendering all else to God and Fortune. – Epictetus, Discourses, 4.4.39
2. Your principles can’t be extinguished unless you snuff out the thoughts that feed them, for it’s continually in your power to reignite new ones! It’s possible to start living again! See things anew as you once did as a child – that is how to restart life! – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 7.2
3. Ask yourself the following first thing in the morning or at night:
- What are three important tasks I shall do with heart today?
- What are the things I have control over and the things I don’t?
- What are three good things that happened today?
4. What is your meaning in life? To try your best to be a good person. – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 11.5
5. Life will have terrible blows, horrible blows, and unfair blows. And some people recover and others don’t. And there I think the attitude of Epictetus is the best.
He thought that every mischance in life was an opportunity to behave well.
Every mischance in life was an opportunity to learn something and your duty was not to be full of self-pity but to use the terrible blow in a constructive way.” – Charlie Munger from his 2007 USC Commencement Speech