Quotations by Marcus Aurelius


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.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180) Roman emperor (161-180), Stoic philosopher
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The longest-lived and the shortest-lived man, when they come to die, lose one and the same thing.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180) Roman emperor (161-180), Stoic philosopher
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Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.

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If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.

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A candor affected is a dagger concealed.

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The true worth of a man is to be measured by the objects he pursues.

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The opinion of ten thousand men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject.

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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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Never esteem anything as of advantage to thee that shall make thee break thy word or lose thy self-respect.

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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.

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Do every act of your life as if it were your last.

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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.

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Our anger and annoyance are more detrimental to us than the things themselves which anger or annoy us.

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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.

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Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180) Roman emperor (161-180), Stoic philosopher
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There must be either a predestined Necessity and inviolable plan, or a gracious Providence, or a chaos without design or director. If then there be an inevitable Necessity, why kick against the pricks? If a Providence that is ready to be gracious, render thyself worthy of divine succour. But if a chaos without guide, congratulate thyself that amid such a surging sea thou hast a guiding Reason.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180) Roman emperor (161-180), Stoic philosopher
Meditations [tr. Haines]
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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.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180) Roman emperor (161-180), Stoic philosopher
Meditations [tr. Rendall (1901)]
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How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180) Roman emperor (161-180), Stoic philosopher
Meditations [tr. Staniforth (1964)]
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Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180) Roman emperor (161-180), Stoic philosopher
Meditations, Book 10, #16 [tr. Staniforth (1964)]
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If a man makes a slip, admonish him gently and show him his mistake. If you fail to convince him, blame yourself, or else blame nobody.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180) Roman emperor (161-180), Stoic philosopher
Meditations, Book 10, #4
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Consider how much more pain is brought on us by the anger and vexation caused by such acts than by the acts themselves, at which we are angry and vexed.

[Quanto molestiora nobis adferant ira et dolor, qui ex iis oriuntur, quam res ipsae, propter quas irascimur et dolemus.]

Marcus Aurelius (121-180) Roman emperor (161-180), Stoic philosopher
Meditations, Book 11 [tr. Long]
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Alt. trans.: "How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it."
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Remember that man’s life lies all within this present, as ’twere but a hair’s-breadth of time: as for the rest, the past is gone, the future yet unseen.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180) Roman emperor (161-180), Stoic philosopher
Meditations, Book 3, #10
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Always think of the universe as one living organism, with a single substance and a single soul.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180) Roman emperor (161-180), Stoic philosopher
Meditations, Book 4, #40 [tr. Maxwell Staniforth (1964)]
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Remember too on every occasion which leads thee to vexation to apply this principle: not that this is a misfortune, but that to bear it nobly is good fortune.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180) Roman emperor (161-180), Stoic philosopher
Meditations, Book 4, #49 [tr. Long]
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Alt. trans. [Staniforth (1964)]: "Here is a rule to remember in the future, when anything tempts you to feel bitter: not, 'This is a misfortune,' but 'To bear this worthily is good fortune.'"
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Do unsavory armpits and bad breath make you angry? What good will it do you? Given the mouth and armpits the man has got, that condition is bound to produce these odors. “After all, though, the fellow is endowed with reason, and he is perfectly able to understand what is offensive if he gives any thought to it.” Well and good: but you yourself are also endowed with reason; so apply your reasonableness to move him to a like reasonableness; expound, admonish. If he pays attention, you will have worked a cure, and there will be no need for passion; leave that to actors and streetwalkers.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180) Roman emperor (161-180), Stoic philosopher
Meditations, Book 5, #28
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A man does not sin by commission only, but often by omission.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180) Roman emperor (161-180), Stoic philosopher
Meditations, Book 9, #5 [tr. Staniforth (1964)]
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