Marcus Aurelius Quotes

Who is Marcus Aurelius?

Marcus Aurelius was a successful Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher. His journal is posthumously released as 'Meditations' and marks a milestone in Stoic literature.

Born April 26, 0121
Died March 17, 0180

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“A brief existence is common to all things, and yet you avoid and pursue all things as if they would be eternal.”

“A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions.”

“A vine cannot behave olively, nor an olive tree vinely – it is impossible, inconceivable. No more can a human being wholly efface his native disposition.”

“Alexander the Great and his mule driver both died and the same thing happened to both.”

“Almost nothing material is needed for a happy life, for he who has understood existence.”

“Anger cannot be dishonest.”

“As an antidote to battle unkindness we were given kindness.”

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“Be content to seem what you really are.”

“Concentrate every minute on doing what's in front of you.”

“Confine yourself to the present.”

“Do as Socrates did, never replying to the question of where he was from with, ‘I am Athenian,’ or ‘I am from Corinth,’ but always, ‘I am a citizen of the world.’”

“Each of us needs what nature gives us, when nature gives it.”

“Everything that happens is either endurable or not. If it’s endurable, then endure it. Stop complaining. If it’s unendurable… then stop complaining. Your destruction will mean its end as well. Just remember: you can endure anything your mind can make endurable, by treating it as in your interest to do so. In your interest, or in your nature.”

“Everything’s destiny is to change, to be transformed, to perish. So that new things can be born.”

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“Give thyself time to learn something new and good, and cease to be whirled around.”

“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.”

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“1. Accept everything just the way it is.
2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.
6. Do not regret what you have done.
7. Never be jealous.
8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor others.
10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.
11. In all things have no preferences.
12. Be indifferent to where you live.
13. Do not pursue the taste of good food.
14. Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.
15. Do not act following customary beliefs.
16. Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful.
17. Do not fear death.
18. Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.
19. Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.
20. You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour.
21. Never stray from the Way.”


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“How long will you wait before you demand the best of yourself, and trust reason to determine what is best?”

“How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.”

“If it’s not right, don’t do it. If it’s not true, don’t say it.”

“In a little while you will have forgotten everything; in a little while everything will have forgotten you.”

“It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own.”

“Live out your life in truth and justice, tolerant of those who are neither true nor just.”

“Nothing happens to anyone that he can’t endure.”

“Practice really hearing what people say. Do your best to get inside their minds.”

“Refer your action to no other end than the common good.”

“So you were born to feel “nice”? Instead of doing things and experiencing them? Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks, putting the world in order, as best they can? And you’re not willing to do your job as a human being? Why aren’t you running to do what your nature demands?”

“Stop wishing for something else to happen, for a different fate. That is to live a false life.”

“The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing, in so far as it stands ready against the accidental and the unforeseen, and is not apt to fall.”

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“The best answer to anger is silence.”

“The first thing a pretender to philosophy must do is get rid of their presuppositions; a person is not going to undertake to learn anything that they think they already know.”

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“You will never earn the same rewards as others without employing the same methods and investment of time as they do. It is unreasonable to think we can earn rewards without being willing to pay their true price.”


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