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.”

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

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“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.”

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

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

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“Anger cannot be dishonest.”

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

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“Be content to seem what you really are.”

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

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“Confine yourself to the present.”

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“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.’”

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

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“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.”

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“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.”

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

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“What Epictetus was telling his students was that there can be no such thing as being the 'victim' of another. You can only be a 'victim' of yourself. It's all in how you discipline your mind.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“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?”

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

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“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.”

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“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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“Alignment is crucial! True alignment is achieved via the simplification of your ideas and actions. Being aware when you wake up so that any previous traumas or future worries do not disturb the quality of your day. This is the polar opposite of 'being present', and it is the primary reason why so many people fail to remain on track with their actual calling.

I constantly repeat that living in a conscious consistent manner is the key, but most people miss this notion by trying too hard to control their life and their course, rather than regulating their character and making changes in the moment by pure intuition. Moment by moment, cultivating a thankful mind means strengthening yourself inside and outwardly with every response and reaction you give to what life throws at you. Only when we choose to have a breakdown in character or depart from our conscience’s guidelines are we punished in this world. Strive to develop perfect character and trust that you are where you are in life for a reason.”


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