Asia, Europe are mere nooks of the universe. Every ocean is a drop in the universe: Mount Athos a spadeful of earth in the universe. The whole of present time is a pin-prick of eternity. All things are tiny, quickly changed, evanescent.
All things come from that other world, taking their start from that universal  governing reason, or in consequence of it. So even the lion's gaping jaws, poison, every kind of mischief are, like thorns or bogs, consequential products of that which is noble and lovely.

Marcus Aurelius (121 AD - 180 AD) Meditations (M.Hammond Trans.)

Nature gives all and takes all back. To her the man educated into humility says: 'Give what you will; take back what you will.' And he says this in no spirit of defiance but simply as her loyal subject.

Marcus Aurelius (121 AD - 180 AD) Meditations (M.Hammond Trans.)

Alexander, Julius Caesar, Pompey - What are they to Diogenes, Heraclitus, Socrates? These men saw into reality, its causes and its material, and their directing minds were their own masters. As for the former, they were slaves to all their ambitions.

Marcus Aurelius (121 AD - 180 AD) Meditations (M.Hammond Trans.)

Always remember these things: what the nature of the Whole is, what my own nature is, the relation of this nature to that, what kind of part it is of what kind of Whole; and that there is no one who can prevent you keeping all that you say and do in accordance with that nature, of which you are part.

Marcus Aurelius (121 AD - 180 AD) Meditations (M.Hammond Trans.)