Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“In the morning, when you rise unwillingly, let this thought be present: I am rising to the work of a human being.  Why then am I dissatisfied if I am going to do the things for which I exist and for which I was brought into the world? Or have I been made for this, to lie under the blankets and keep myself warm?”

From the Dover Thrift Edition:  “Meditations,” Marcus Aurelius (Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, NY), ISBN 0-486-29823-X.  Unabridged, modernized Dover (1997) republication of the George Long translation.  New Introduction. Publisher’s Note. 112pp.