Inspirational Marcus Aurelius Quotes

Inspirational Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Inspirational Marcus Aurelius Quotes

Marcus Aurelius (26 April 121 – 17 March 180 AD) was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. This post features some Inspirational Marcus Aurelius Quotes. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus death in 169. Marcus Aurelius was the last of the so-called Five Good Emperors. He was a practitioner of Stoicism, and his untitled writing, commonly known as the Meditations, is the most significant source of our modern understanding of ancient Stoic philosophy.

Aurelius’ Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, is still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and preserve equanimity in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration. Marcus Aurelius acquired the reputation of a philosopher king within his lifetime, and the title would remain his after death; both Dio and the biographer call him “the philosopher”.

Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Marcus Aurelius Quotes

Marcus Aurelius Quotes

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”
Marcus Aurelius quotes

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Whatever anyone does or says, I must be emerald and keep my colour.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“A man’s worth is no greater than the worth of his ambitions.”
― Marcus Aurelius

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

“If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.”
― Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius quotes
Marcus Aurelius quotes

“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.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future too.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Though you break your heart, men will go on as before.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Men seek retreats for themselves, houses in the country, sea-shores, and mountains; and thou too art wont to desire such things very much. But this is altogether a mark of the most common sort of men, for it is in thy power whenever thou shalt choose to retire into thyself. For nowhere either with more quiet or more freedom from trouble does a man retire than into his own soul.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at anything which happens in life.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“What need is there of suspicious fear, since it is in thy power to inquire what ought to be done? And if thy seest clear, go by this way content, without turning back: but if thy dost not see clear, stop and take the best advisers. But if any other things oppose thee, go on according to thy powers with due consideration, keeping to that which appears to be just. For it is best to reach this object, and if thou dost fail, let thy failure be in attempting this. He who follows reason in all things is both tranquil and active at the same time, and also cheerful and collected.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“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.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Whoever does wrong, wrongs himself; whoever does injustice, does it to himself, making himself evil.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“If mind is common to us, then also the reason, whereby we are reasoning beings, is common.’ If this be so, then also the reason which enjoins what is to be done or left undone is common. If this be so, law also is common; if this be so, we are citizens; if this be so, we are partakers in one constitution; if this be so, the Universe is a kind of Commonwealth.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.”
― Marcus Aurelius

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

“Remember that the term Rational was intended to signify a discriminating attention to every several thing and freedom from negligence; and that Equanimity is the voluntary acceptance of things which are assigned to thee by the common nature; and the Magnanimity is the elevation of the intelligent part above the pleasurable or painful sensations of the flesh, and above that poor thing called fame, and death, and all such things. If then, thou maintainest thyself in the possession of these names, without desiring to be called by these names by others, thou wilt be another person and wilt enter into another life.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“For a man can lose neither the past nor the future; for how can one take from him that which is not his? So remember these two points: first, that each thing is of like form from everlasting and comes round again in its cycle, and that it signifies not whether a man shall look upon the same things for a hundred years or two hundred, or for an infinity of time; second, that the longest lived and the shortest lived man, when they come to die, lose one and the same thing.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.”
― Marcus Aurelius quotes

“When another blames you or hates you, or people voice similar criticisms, go to their souls, penetrate inside and see what sort of people they are. You will realize that there is no need to be racked with anxiety that they should hold any particular opinion about you.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“For it is in your power to retire into yourself whenever you choose.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“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 opinion of himself than on the opinion of others.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Not to feel exasperated, or defeated, or despondent because your days aren’t packed with wise and moral actions. But to get back up when you fail, to celebrate behaving like a human–however imperfectly–and fully embrace the pursuit that you’ve embarked on.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Humans have come into being for the sake of each other, so either teach them, or learn to bear them.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“All that is harmony for you, my Universe, is in harmony with me as well. Nothing that comes at the right time for you is too early or too late for me. Everything is fruit to me that your seasons bring, Nature. All things come of you, have their being in you, and return to you.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Acquire the contemplative way of seeing how all things change into one another, and constantly attend to it, and exercise thyself about this part [of philosophy]. For nothing is so much adapted to produce magnanimity. …But as to what any man shall say or think about him, or do against him, he never even thinks of it, being himself contented with these two things: with acting justly in what he now does, and being satisfied with what is now assigned to him; and he lays aside all distracting and busy pursuits, and desires nothing else than to accomplish the straight course through the law, and by accomplishing the straight course to follow God.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?”
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“Regain your senses, call yourself back, and once again wake up. Now that you realize that only dreams were troubling you, view this ‘reality’ as you view your dreams.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“In a sense, people are our proper occupation. Our job is to do them good and put up with them. But when they obstruct our proper tasks, they become irrelevant to us–like sun, wind, and animals. Our actions may be impeded by them, but there can be no impeding our intentions or our dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting. The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
― Marcus Aurelius

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