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Marcus Aurelius Quotes

(121-80 AD), Roman Emperor, Philosopher

Every man's life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain.

Category: Focus

Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.

Category: Fulfillment

Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.

Category: Good And Evil

Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours.

Category: Goodness

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.

Category: Happiness

Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.

Category: Happiness

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

Category: Harmony

Always observe how ephemeral and worthless human things are. Pass then through this little space of time conformably to nature, and end thy journey in content, just as an olive falls off when it is ripe, blessing nature who produced it, and thanking the tree on which it grew.

Category: Humankind

Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.

Category: Injury

A man should be upright, not be kept upright.

Category: Integrity

If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.

Category: Integrity

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.

Category: Judgment And Judges

And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last.

Category: Life And Living

Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live.

Category: Life And Living

The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing; the main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unseen attack.

Category: Life And Living