Danny James

Tag: character

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Never under compulsion, out of selfishness, without forethought, without misgivings. No surplus words or unnecessary actions. Let the spirit in you represent a man. Taking up his post like a soldier and patiently awaiting his recall from life. Needing no oath or witness. Cheerfulness. Without requiring other people’s help. Or serenity supplied by others. To stand up straight, not straightened.

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

351

Training builds authority.

274

The sun too quickly reaches height, say you? But it has its own duties to fulfil, and you yours. And have you not time to make reparation for your wrong doing, which includes doing nothing, in this instance?

Bondi, 2014

Bondi, 2014

240: So, here I am.

So here I am, going nowhere for a while, and all because the people I’ve grown to love are all here. And they all need something all the while not knowing what, and we have all been there before, but who here really came alone? Trust, it is not for sensations to live but the right to earn our rest in service. It is the people who can access you, and for whom you make the difficult adjustments and refinements to your character for the better, the better being as benefits only everyone. It is these humans that make deserted islands miserable places to be, and your life in this world as you know it entirely worth living. And when you make them your world, you haven’t any need to travel much I have found, nor have you enough time, or words or anything to show them, but you do.

226

Stand sentinel of your conduct; admit only that is authentic, benign and imperative, and turn away any without all.

182

Often my own private character discolouration terrifically suffers remedy when in another, I witness the same affliction far more advanced in its governance.

110: Overcast

Will you grudge another whose pent-up days broil over at last some momentary hurl of thunder, and overcast their name and straining sunshine by your appraisal? You shame your own sky.

82

There are people so intolerably ignorant with whom you will collide, and to whom no reply is best. Though they may diminish your vantage, indict your quality and your civility shake to the last of its grace, with all opposed, refuse the charge would prove them correct.