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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:8996
AUTHOR:Marcus Aurelius (121–180)
QUOTATION:Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Meditations. ii. 5.
 
Note 1.
See Publius Syrus, Quotation 65.

A similar saying falls from his lips at another time: “Let every act and speech and purpose be framed as though this moment thou mightest take thy leave of life.” [back]
 

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