I'm a Creative at MediaFront and Co-founder of The Refinement Club. Seeker of inspiration, knowledge and ideas.

This is a feed of my thoughts and things that I find enlightening. Basically its a 21st century version of the commonplace book.

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Love only what falls to your lot and is destined for you; what is more suited to you than that?
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Rather you must, in the train of your thoughts, avoid what is merely casual and without purpose, and above all curiosity and malice; you must habituate yourself only to thoughts about which if someone were suddenly to ask: ‘What is in your mind now?’ you would at once reply, quite frankly, this or that; and so from the answer it would immediately be plain that all was simplicity and kindness, the thoughts of a social being, who disregards pleasurable, or to speak more generally luxurious imaginings or rivalry of any kind, or envy and suspicion or anything else about which you would blush to put into words that you had it in your head.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
Nothing that is undertaken is to be undertaken without a purpose, nor otherwise than according to a principle which makes the art of living perfect.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Make up your mind that you deserve every word and work that is according to Nature, and do not allow the ensuing blame or speech of any men to talk you over; but, if it is right to be done or said, do not count yourself undeserving of it. Those others have their own selves to govern them, and use their several inclinations. Don’t look round at that, but walk the straight way, following your own and the common Nature, for the path of them both is one.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Remember how long you have been putting off these things, and how many times the gods have given you days of grace, and yet you do not use them. Now is it high time to perceive the kind of Universe whereof you are a part and the nature of the governor of the Universe from whom you subsist as an effluence, and that the term of your time is circumscribed, and that unless you use it to attain calm of mind, time will be gone and you will be gone and the opportunity to use it will not be yours again.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
Machiavelli
  • Hamlet: A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.
  • Claudius: What dost thou mean by this?
  • Hamlet: Nothing but to show you how a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar.
A grain in the balance will determine which individual shall live and which shall die…
Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.