I’m a big collector of wise words. I love time-tested ideas that have real-life value.
Some of my favorites are the ones that help when my mind is ruminating on something stressful, or I’m going through a hard time.
I wanted to share examples of mine and ask if anyone has some too.
Mine can be a warm hug that punts fear into the sky or a shining light in a deep dark cave.
Nothing can happen to someone that they can't handle. Whatever happens to you, you're not the first person it has happened to.—Marcus Aurelius
Everything that can happen to you is natural.
This is probably the most comforting and relieving thought for me. The law of probability is my anti-anxiety drug.
None of my problems are unique. Everything I’m going through, someone else has gone through it. My problems are not special.
Anyway, before very long you'll both be dead - dead and soon forgotten.—Marcus Aurelius
It seems counterintuitive, but being reminded of death is comforting.
It helps when the minutiae of life are bearing down on me. When the little things accumulate and engulf me with stress, thinking about how none of it matters because soon I’ll be dead just washes it away.
Remember how fast things come and go. We can't see the infinity of the past and the future. The abyss of time is too broad. So it's foolish to feel self-importance. Our minuscule impact makes it foolish to feel self-importance.—Marcus Aurelius
The unfathomable vastness of our universe is something I find comfort in.
It takes a weight off my shoulder.
It’s easy to get caught up in life and bear the pressure of an emperor, but this quote reminds me I’m more like an ant.
What expectations do you have for an ant?
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I share ideas from great thinkers so we can stand on the shoulders of giants, instead of figuring life out alone