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Marcus Aurelius Quotes


Stoic philosopher, and Roman Emperor from 161 to his death in 180.
(121 - 180)

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A candor affected is a dagger concealed.
 

A great estate is a great disadvantage to those who do not know how to use it, for nothing is more common than to see wealthy persons live scandalously and miserably; riches do them no service in order to virtue and happiness; it is precept and principle, not an estate, that makes a man good for something.
[Riches]
 

A little flesh, a little breath, and a Reason to rule all - that is myself.
 

A man does not sin by commission only, but often by omission
 

A man must stand erect, not be kept erect by others.
[Man]
 

A man should be upright, not kept upright.
 

A man should remove not only unnecessary acts, but also unnecessary thoughts, for then superfluous activity will not follow.
[Concentration]
 

A man's happiness: to do the things proper to man.
[Goals]
 

A man's life is what his thoughts make it.
[Positive]
 

A man's worth is no greater than the worth of his ambitions.
[Goals]
 

A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
 

A rational nature admits of nothing which is not serviceable to the rest of mankind.
[Humanity]
 

A wrongdoer is often a man who has left something undone, not always one who has done something.
 

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.
[Introspection]
 

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.
[Acceptance]
 

All is ephemeral - fame and the famous as well.
 

All men are made one for another: either then teach them better, or bear with them.
 

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.
 

All the transactions of the past differ very little from those of the present.
[Antiquity]
 

All things are implicated with one another, and the bond is holy; and there is hardly anything unconnected with any other things. For things have been co-ordinated, and they combine to make up the same universe. For there is one universe made up of all things, and one god who pervades all things, and one substance, and one law, and one reason.
 


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