220. Quotes: Marcus Aurelius on Distractions

by jfjudah

“Do the external things that fall upon you distract you? Give yourself time to learn something new and good, and cease to be whirled around. But then you must also avoid being carried about the other way. For those, too, are triflers who have wearied themselves in life by their activity and yet have no object to which to direct every movement and every thought.”

—Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book II, #7

That’s the fancy way of saying idle hands are the devil’s playground.