Marcus Aurelius

Imperator Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (26 April 121 17 March 180) was a Stoic philosopher, and Roman Emperor from 161 to his death in 180; born Marcus Annius Catilius Severus, at marriage he took the name Marcus Annius Verus. When named Emperor, he was given the name Marcus Aurelius Antoninus and afterwards became known as the last of the "Five Good Emperors."
Found 81 thoughts of Marcus Aurelius

Men exist for the sake of one another. Teach them then or bear with them.

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No form of Nature is inferior to Art; for the arts merely imitate natural forms

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How much trouble he avoids who does not look to see what his neighbour says or does or thinks

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Death hangs over thee, While thou still live, while thou may, do good

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To them that ask, 'Where have you seen the gods, or how do you know for certain there are gods, that you are so devout in their worship?' I answer, 'Neither have I ever seen my own soul, and yet I respect and honor it.'

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The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

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People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.

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If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.

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Nothing is evil which is according to nature.

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Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.

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Whatever is in any way beautiful hath its source of beauty in itself, and is complete in itself; praise forms no part of it. So it is none the worse nor the better for being praised.

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Life is a warfare and a stranger's sojourn, and after fame is oblivion.

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Consider that thou dost not even understand whether men are doing wrong or not, for many things are done with a certain reference to circumstance. And, in short, a man must learn a great deal to enable him to pass a correct judgment on another man's acts.

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Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.

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Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.

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The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it

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Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.

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I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than on the opinions of others

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The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.

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What is not good for the swarm is not good for the bee.

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How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.

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Whatever may befall thee, it was preordained for thee from everlasting

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Everything that happens happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so.

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One universe made up all that is; and one God in it all, and one principle of being, and one law, the reason shared by all thinking creatures, and one truth.

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To live happily is an inward power of the soul.

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