Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

Biography

Author Profession: Philosophy Influences Epictetus, Aristo of Chios edit data
Born: April 28, 0121
Died: March 21, 0180
Birth Sign: Taurus

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Marcus Aurelius quotes

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.

Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.

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.

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.

The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.

That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees.

We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne.

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

To understand the true quality of people, you must look into their minds, and examine their pursuits and aversions.

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.

The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.

You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long.

Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.

Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.

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