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120 Famous Inspirational Quotes of Marcus Aurelius

120 Famous Inspirational Quotes of Marcus Aurelius

 

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Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor, born nearly two millennia ago (121 – 180). Marcus became the Emperor of the Roman Empire in 161 and ruled for nearly two decades until his death in 180. It is important to realize the gravity of that position and the magnitude of power that Marcus possessed. He held one of—if not the most—powerful positions in the world at the time. If he chose to, nothing would be off-limits. There is a reason the adage that power in absolute absolutely corrupts has been repeated throughout history—it, unfortunately, tends to be true. Wikipedia
Born: April 26, 121 AD, Rome
Died: March 17, 180 AD, Vindobona, Austria

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Tomorrow is nothing, today is too late; the good lived yesterday. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet
Do little, if you want contentment of mind. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet
Misfortune nobly born is good fortune. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet
To do harm is to do yourself harm. To do an injustice is to do yourself an injustice. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

If something does not make a person worse in himself, neither does it make his life worse, nor does it harm him without or within. – Marcus Aurelius

Death and life, success and failure, pain and pleasure, wealth and poverty, all these happen to good and bad alike, and they are neither noble nor shameful – and hence neither good nor bad. – Marcus Aurelius

A rock is thrown in the air. It loses nothing by coming down, gained nothing by going up. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

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To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

The present is the only thing of which a man can be deprived, if it is true that this is the only thing which he has, and that a man cannot lose something he does not already possess. – Marcus Aurelius

You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

Don’t believe your situation is genuinely bad – no one can make you do that. Is there smoke in the house? If it’s not suffocating, I will stay indoors; if it proves too much, I’ll leave. Always remember – the door is open. – Marcus Aurelius

What springs from earth dissolves to earth again, and heaven-born things fly to their native seat. – Marcus Aurelius

Someone bathes in haste; don’t say he bathes badly, but in haste. Someone drinks a lot of wine; don’t say he drinks badly, but a lot. Until you know their reasons, how do you know that their actions are vicious? – Marcus Aurelius

Consider that everything is opinion, and opinion is in your power. Take away then, when you choose, your opinion, and like a mariner who has rounded the headland, you will find calm, everything stable, and a waveless bay. – Marcus Aurelius

The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet
The flaw which is hidden is deemed greater than it is. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet
Glory paid to our ashes comes too late. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

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The universe is transformation: life is opinion. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

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. – Marcus Aurelius

Since the greatest part of what we say and do is unnecessary, dispensing with such activities affords a man more leisure and less uneasiness. – Marcus Aurelius

To have contemplated human life for forty years is the same as to have contemplated it for ten thousand years. For what more will you see? – Marcus Aurelius

Passions stem from frustrated desire. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

Everything that happens happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so. – Marcus Aurelius

Each thing is of like form from everlasting and comes round again in its cycle. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

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To the rational animal the same act is at once according to nature and according to reason. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet
Poverty’s no evil to anyone unless he kicks against it. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

Take care that you don’t treat inhumanity as it treats human beings. – Marcus Aurelius

A person’s worth is measured by the worth of what he values. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

An ignorant person is inclined to blame others for his own misfortune. To blame oneself is proof of progress. But the wise man never has to blame another or himself. – Marcus Aurelius

The mind in itself has no needs, except for those it creates itself. Is undisturbed, except for its own disturbances. Knows no obstructions, except those from within. – Marcus Aurelius

Death and life, honor and dishonor, pain and pleasure — all these things equally happen to good men and bad, being things which make us neither better nor worse. Therefore they are neither good nor evil. – Marcus Aurelius

A thing is neither better nor worse for having been praised. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

No one objects to what is useful to him. To be of use to others is natural. Then don’t object to what is useful to you – being of use. – Marcus Aurelius

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When I see that one thing [virtue] is supreme and most important, I cannot say that something else is, just to make you happy. – Marcus Aurelius

A boxer derives the greatest advantage from his sparring partner – and my accuser is my sparring partner. He trains me in patience, civility and even temper. – Marcus Aurelius

Either you’re going to be depressed when your wish is not realized or foolishly pleased with yourself if it is, overjoyed for the wrong reasons. – Marcus Aurelius

I say that virtue is more valuable than wealth to the same degree that eyes are more valuable than fingernails. – Marcus Aurelius

How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it. – Marcus Aurelius

Most of us dread the deadening of the body and will do anything to avoid it. About the deadening of the soul, however, we don’t care one iota. – Marcus Aurelius

Don’t let outward appearances mislead you into thinking that someone with more prestige, power or some other distinction must on that account be happy. – Marcus Aurelius

As you are careful when you walk not to step on a nail or turn your ankle, so you should take care not to do any injury to your character at the same time. – Marcus Aurelius

If you lost the capacity to read, or play music, you would think it was a disaster, but you think nothing of losing the capacity to be honest, decent and civilized. – Marcus Aurelius

 

Things do not touch the soul, for they are external and remain immovable; so our perturbations come only from our inner opinions. – Marcus Aurelius

We are too much accustomed to attribute to a single cause that which is the product of several, and the majority of our controversies come from that. – Marcus Aurelius

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

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Pleasures, when they go beyond a certain limit, are but punishments. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

As it is with a play, so it is with life – what matters is not how long the acting lasts, but how good it is. It is not important at what point you stop. Stop wherever you will – only make sure that you round it off with a good ending. – Marcus Aurelius

He often acts unjustly who does not do a certain thing; not only he who does a certain thing. – Marcus Aurelius

If someone is incapable of distinguishing good things from bad and neutral things from either – well, how could such a person be capable of love? The power to love, then, belongs only to the wise man. – Marcus Aurelius

Often injustice lies in what you aren’t doing, not only in what you are doing. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

To live the good life: We have the potential for it. If we can learn to be indifferent to what makes no difference. – Marcus Aurelius

Stop wishing for something else to happen, for a different fate. That is to live a false life. – Marcus Aurelius

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Life is short. That’s all there is to say. Get what you can from the present – thoughtfully, justly. – Marcus Aurelius

When someone is properly grounded in life, they shouldn’t have to look outside themselves for approval. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet
Mastery of reading and writing requires a master's. Still, more so life. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

Consider that as the heaps of sand piled on one another hide the former sands, so in life the events that go before are soon covered by those that come after. – Marcus Aurelius

Where a man can live, he can also live well. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

Just ask whether they put their self-interest in externals or in moral choice. If it’s in externals, you cannot call them friends, any more than you can call them trustworthy, consistent, courageous or free. – Marcus Aurelius

While you live, while it is in your power, be good. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet
What is the goal of virtue, after all, except a life that flows smoothly? - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet
For where else is friendship found if not with fairness, reliability and respect for virtue only? - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet
You will give yourself relief, if you do every act of your life as if it were the last. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

Do not act as if you were going to live ten thousand years. Death hangs over you. While you live, while it is in your power, be good. – Marcus Aurelius

Be cheerful also, and do not seek external help or the tranquillity that others give. A man then must stand erect, not be kept erect by others. – Marcus Aurelius

The art of life is more like the wrestler’s art than the dancer’s, in respect of this, that it should stand ready and firm to meet onsets that are sudden and unexpected. – Marcus Aurelius

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. – Marcus Aurelius

Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise. – Marcus Aurelius

Every day as it comes should be welcomed and reduced forthwith into our own possession as if it were the finest day imaginable. What flies past has to be seized at. – Marcus Aurelius

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

Don’t hope that events will turn out the way you want, welcome events in whichever way they happen: this is the path to peace. – Marcus Aurelius

Nothing is as encouraging as when virtues are visibly embodied in the people around us, when we’re practically showered with them. – Marcus Aurelius

The tranquillity that comes when you stop caring what they say. Or think, or do. Only what you do. – Marcus Aurelius

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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

When they’re really possessed by what they do, they’d rather stop eating and sleeping than give up practicing their arts. – Marcus Aurelius

People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills… There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind… So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself. – Marcus Aurelius

The things that are essential are acquired with little bother; it is the luxuries that call for toil and effort. – Marcus Aurelius

When you wish to delight yourself, think of the virtues of those who live with you; for instance, the activity of one, the modesty of another, the liberality of a third, and some other good quality of a fourth. – Marcus Aurelius

All you need are these: certainty of judgment in the present moment; action for the common good in the present moment; and an attitude of gratitude in the present moment for anything that comes your way. – Marcus Aurelius

Nothing is burdensome if taken lightly, and how nothing need arouse one’s irritation so long as one doesn’t make it bigger than it is by getting irritated. – Marcus Aurelius

You can discard most of the junk that clutters your mind – things that exist only there – and clear out space for yourself. – Marcus Aurelius

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Her reverence for the divine, her generosity, her inability not only to do wrong but even to conceive of doing it. And the simple way she lived – not in the least like the rich. – Marcus Aurelius

Think not so much of what you lack as of what you have: but of the things that you have, select the best, and then reflect how eagerly you would have sought them if you did not have them. – Marcus Aurelius

Remind yourself that it is not the future or what has passed that afflicts you, but always the present. – Marcus Aurelius

Today I have got out of all trouble, or rather I have cast out all trouble, for it was not outside, but within and in my opinions. – Marcus Aurelius

You can pass your life in an equable flow of happiness if you can follow the right way and think and act in the right way. – Marcus Aurelius

Failure to observe what is in the mind of another has seldom made a man unhappy; but those who do not observe the movements of their own minds must of necessity be unhappy. – Marcus Aurelius

Stop allowing yourself your mind to be a slave, to be jerked about by selfish impulses, to kick against fate and the present, and to mistrust the future. – Marcus Aurelius

Set yourself in motion, if it is in your power, and do not look about you to see if anyone will observe it; nor yet expect Plato’s Republic: but be content if the smallest thing goes on well, and consider such an event to be no small matter. – 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

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet
How soon will time cover all things, and how many it has covered already. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

A key point to bear in mind: The value of attentiveness varies in proportion to its object. You’re better off not giving the small things more time than they deserve. – Marcus Aurelius

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Forget everything else. Keep hold of this alone and remember it: Each of us lives only now, this brief instant. The rest has been lived already, or is impossible to see. – Marcus Aurelius

How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks. – Marcus Aurelius

Altogether the interval is small between birth and death; and consider with how much trouble, and in company with what sort of people and in what a feeble body, this interval is laboriously passed. – Marcus Aurelius

How short is the time from birth to dissolution, and the illimitable time before birth as well as the equally boundless time after dissolution. – Marcus Aurelius

The perfection of moral character consists in this, in passing every day as if it were the last, and in being neither violently excited nor torpid nor playing the hypocrite. – Marcus Aurelius

Your life is short. You must turn to profit the present by the aid of reason and justice. – Marcus Aurelius

Life is warfare… Then what can guide us? Only philosophy. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet
No role is so well suited to philosophy as the one you happen to be in right now. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

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. – Marcus Aurelius

Your mind will take the shape of what you frequently hold in thought, for the human spirit is colored by such impressions. – Marcus Aurelius

The work of philosophy is simple and modest. Do not draw me aside into pomposity. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

It stares you in the face. No role is so well suited to philosophy as the one you happen to be in right now. – Marcus Aurelius

This, then, is the beginning of philosophy – an awareness of one’s own mental fitness. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

This presumption that you possess knowledge of any use has to be dropped before you approach philosophy – just as if we were enrolling in a school of music or mathematics. – Marcus Aurelius

If you commit to philosophy, be prepared at once to be laughed at and made the butt of many snide remarks. – Marcus Aurelius

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My city and country, so far as I am Antoninus, is Rome; but so far as I am a man, it is the world. – Marcus Aurelius

Do you want to know if you are educated? Show us your values, philosopher. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

You don’t love yourself enough. Or you’d love your nature too, and what it demands of you. – Marcus Aurelius

Consider if you have behaved to all in such a way that this way be said of you: Never has he wronged a man in deed or word. – Marcus Aurelius

What is divine deserves our affection because it is good; what is human deserves our affection because it is like us. – Marcus Aurelius

People who love what they do wear themselves down doing it, they even forget to wash or eat. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

Shall any man hate me? That will be his affair. But I will be mild and benevolent toward every man, and ready to show even him his mistake, not reproachfully, nor yet as making a display of my endurance, but nobly and honestly. – Marcus Aurelius

Accustom yourself to attend carefully to what is said by another, and as much as it is possible, try to inhabit the speaker’s mind. – Marcus Aurelius

In your conversation, don’t dwell at excessive length on your own deeds or adventures. Just because you enjoy recounting your exploits doesn’t mean that others derive the same pleasure from hearing about them. – Marcus Aurelius

One thing here is worth a great deal: to pass your life in truth and justice, with a benevolent disposition even to liars and unjust men. – Marcus Aurelius

Refer your action to no other end than the common good. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

Do not be whirled about, but in every movement have respect to justice, and on the occasion of every impression maintain the faculty of comprehension or understanding. – Marcus Aurelius

If a man is mistaken, instruct him kindly and show him his error. But if you are not able, blame yourself, or not even yourself. – Marcus Aurelius

Is helping others less valuable to you? Not worth your effort? - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

From my brother Severus to love my kin, and to love truth, and to love justice. – Marcus Aurelius

To show intuitive sympathy for friends, tolerance to amateurs and sloppy thinkers. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet
From Sextus to tolerate ignorant persons, and those who form opinions without consideration. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

To have learned how to accept favors from friends without losing your self-respect or appearing ungrateful. – Marcus Aurelius

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Only attend to yourself, and resolve to be a good man in every act that you do. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

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. – Marcus Aurelius

Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that you shall live. – Marcus Aurelius

What is your art? To be good. And how is this accomplished well except by general principles, some about the nature of the universe, and others about the proper constitution of man? – Marcus Aurelius

People exist for one another. You can instruct or endure them. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet
As an antidote to battle unkindness we were given kindness. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

 

What is your vocation? To be a good person. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

Whatever any one does or says, I must be good, just as if the emerald (or the gold or the purple) were always saying “Whatever any one does or says, I must be emerald and keep my color.” – Marcus Aurelius

First, do nothing inconsiderately or without a purpose. Second, make your acts refer to nothing else but a social end. – Marcus Aurelius

That no one could ever have felt patronized by him – or in a position to patronize him. A sense of humour. – Marcus Aurelius

No matter what anyone says or does, my task is to be good. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

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Perhaps there are none more lazy, or more truly ignorant, than your everlasting readers. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet
Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

To be feared is to fear: no one has been able to strike terror into others and at the same time enjoy peace of mind himself. – Marcus Aurelius

Have I done something for the common good? Then I share in the benefits. To stay centered on that. Not to give up. – Marcus Aurelius

The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious. - Marcus Aurelius Click To Tweet

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