You Don’t Need to Know It All
As to methods, there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.
—RALPH WALDO EMERSON, ESSAYIST AND POET
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- One example that will strike almost any reader is the sense of mortality that pervades the work. Death is not to be feared, Marcus continually reminds himself. It is a natural process, part of the continual change that forms the world. At other points it is the ultimate consolation. “Soon you will be dead,” Marcus tells himself on a number of occasions, “and none of it will matter” (cf. 4.6, 7.22, 8.2). The emphasis on the vanity and worthlessness of earthly concerns is here linked to the more general idea of transience. All things change or pass away, perish and are forgotten. This is the burden of several of the thought exercises that Marcus sets himself: to think of the court of Augustus (8.31), of the age of Vespasian or Trajan (4.32), the great philosophers and thinkers of the past (6.47)—all now dust and ashes.
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鲁迅说:到了一定年龄 必须扔掉四样东西： 没意义的酒局，不爱你的人 看不起你的亲戚，虚情假义的朋友; 必须拥有四样东西： 扬在脸上的自信，长在心里的善良 融进血液的骨气，刻在生命里的坚强……
Elegant people are to be found in Paris. People of character may exist in the provinces. -Sieyes
“The higher you lift yourself towards the first rank of society,” said Julien to himself, “the more charming manners you find.”
这里就出现了一个深刻的悖论。本来，人类是为了摆脱粗粝的自然而走向文明的。文明的对立面是荒昧和野蛮，那时的自然似乎与荒昧和野蛮紧紧相连。但是渐渐发现，事情发生了倒转，拥挤的闹市可能更加荒昧，密集的人群可能更加野蛮。 – 文化苦旅
The Master said, “Those who are clever in their words and pretentious in their appearance, yet are humane, are few indeed.” [1.3]
Fan Chi asked about wisdom. The Master said, “Devote yourself to what must rightly be done for the people; respect spiritual beings, while keeping at a distance from them. This may be called wisdom.” He asked about humaneness. The Master said, “One who is humane first does what is difficult and only thereafter concerns himself with success. This may be called humaneness.” (6.20)
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