Marcus Aurelius Quotes & Wallpapers

Marcus Aurelius
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Anger cannot be dishonest. Marcus Aurelius

Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be, become one yourself! Marcus Aurelius

A little time and I am dead, and all is gone. Marcus Aurelius

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. Marcus Aurelius

The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject. Marcus Aurelius

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. Marcus Aurelius

How ridiculous not to flee from one's own wickedness, which is possible, yet endeavor to flee from another's which is not. Marcus Aurelius

If you are pained by any external thing, it is not this that disturbs you, but your own judgment about it. Marcus Aurelius

A good disposition is invincible, if it be genuine. Marcus Aurelius

When men are inhuman, take care not to feel towards them as they do towards other humans. Marcus Aurelius

A good man does not spy around for the black spots in others, but presses unswervingly on towards his mark. Marcus Aurelius

It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinions than our own. Marcus Aurelius

I consist of a little body and a soul. Marcus Aurelius

Here is the rule to remember in the future, When anything tempts you to be bitter: not, "This is a misfortune" but "To bear this worthily is good fortune. Marcus Aurelius

Dig within. There lies the wellspring of good. Marcus Aurelius

How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at anything which happens in life Marcus Aurelius

Ambition means tying your well-being to what other people say or do. Self-indulgence means tying it to the things that happen to you. Sanity means tying it to your own actions. Marcus Aurelius

Think not disdainfully of death, but look on it with favor; for even death is one of the things that Nature wills. Marcus Aurelius

Search men's governing principles, and consider the wise, what they shun and what they cleave to. Marcus Aurelius

The passing minute is every man's equal possession but what has once gone by is not ours. Marcus Aurelius

Put it out of the power of truth to give you an ill character; and if anybody reports you not to be an honest man, let your practice give him the lie; and to make all sure, you should resolve to live no longer than you can live honestly; for it is better to be nothing than a knave. Marcus Aurelius

Look to nothing, not even for a moment except to reason. Marcus Aurelius

Remember that to change your mind and follow him who sets you right is to be none the less free than you were before. Marcus Aurelius

Can anything that is useful be accomplished without change? Marcus Aurelius

It is not the body, nor the personality that is the true self. The true self is eternal. Even on the point of death we can say to ourselves, "my true self is free. I cannot be contained." Marcus Aurelius

It were well to die if there be gods, and sad to live if there be none. Marcus Aurelius

For nowhere either with more quiet or more freedom from trouble does a man retire than into his own soul, particularly when he has within him such thoughts that by looking into them he is immediately in perfect tranquility; and I affirm that tranquility is nothing else than the good ordering of the mind. Marcus Aurelius

Be like the cliff against which the waves continually break; but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it. Marcus Aurelius

Does the light of the lamp shine without losing its splendour until it is extinguished; and shall the truth which is in thee and justice and temperance be extinguished before thy death? Marcus Aurelius

...small too even the longest fame thereafter, which is itself subject to a succession of little men who quickly die, and have no knowledge of themselves, let alone of those long dead. Marcus Aurelius

If it's time for you to go, leave willingly - as you would to accomplish anything that can be done with grace and honor. Marcus Aurelius

I am called to man's labour; why then do I make a difficulty if I am going out to do what I was born to do and what I was brought into the world for? Marcus Aurelius

Observe always that everything is the result of a change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and to make new ones like them. Marcus Aurelius

If it is not right, do not do it, if it is not true, do not say it. For let thy efforts be - Marcus Aurelius

No one loses any other life than the one he now lives, nor does one live any other life than that which he will lose. Marcus Aurelius

Each day provides its own gifts. Marcus Aurelius

Limit time to the present. Meditate upon your last hour. Marcus Aurelius

Let it be your constant method to look into the design of people's actions, and see what they would be at, as often as it is practicable; and to make this custom the more significant, practice it first upon yourself. Marcus Aurelius

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

When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man's life. Marcus Aurelius

Not even the vicissitudes of fortune are contrary to nature or to the providential ordering of the universe. It all flows from the gods, who determine what is needed for the welfare of the whole universe, of which you are a part. Marcus Aurelius

Be mindful at all times of the following: the nature of the whole universe, the nature of the part that is me, the relation of the one to the other, the one so vast, the other so small. Marcus Aurelius

He who fears death either fears to lose all sensation or fears new sensations. In reality, you will either feel nothing at all, and therefore nothing evil, or else, if you can feel any sensations, you will be a new creature, and so will not have ceased to have life. Marcus Aurelius

The universal nature has no external space; but the wondrous part of her art is that though she has circumscribed herself, everything which is within her which appears to decay and to grow old and to be useless she changes into herself, and again makes other new things from these very same, so that she requires neither substance from without nor wants a place into which she may cast that which decays. She is content then with her own space, and her own matter, and her own art. Marcus Aurelius

To her who gives and takes back all, to nature, the man who is instructed and modest says, Give what thou wilt; take back what thou wilt. And he says this not proudly, but obediently and well pleased with her. Marcus Aurelius

When thou art offended at any man's fault, forthwith turn to thyself and reflect in what manner thou doest error thyself... For by attending to this thou wilt quickly forget thy anger, if this consideration is also added, that the man is compelled; for what else could he do? or, if thou art able, take away from him the compulsion. Marcus Aurelius

That which comes after ever conforms to that which has gone before. Marcus Aurelius

Constantly contemplate the whole of time and the whole of substance, and consider that all individual things as to substance are a grain of a fig, and as to time the turning of a gimlet . Marcus Aurelius

Man must be arched and buttressed from within, else the temple wavers to the dust. Marcus Aurelius

Both happiness and unhappiness depend on perception Marcus Aurelius

Life is a stranger's sojourn, a night at an inn. Marcus Aurelius

The wise man sees in the misfortune of others what he should avoid. Marcus Aurelius

Thou art a little soul bearing about a corpse. Marcus Aurelius

Why should any of these things that happen externally distract thee? Give thyself leisure to learn some good thing: cease roving to and fro. Marcus Aurelius

Your mind will take on the character of your most frequent thoughts: souls are dyed by thoughts. Marcus Aurelius

Find joy in simplicity, self-respect, and indifference to what lies between virtue and vice. Love the human race. Follow the divine. Marcus Aurelius

Misfortune nobly born is good fortune. Marcus Aurelius

Today I escaped all circumstance, or rather I cast out all circumstance, for it was not outside me, but within my judgements. Marcus Aurelius

Remember that there is a God who desires neither praise nor glory from men created in his image, but rather that they, guided by the understanding given them, should in their actions become like unto him. Marcus Aurelius

Embellish the soul with simplicity, with prudence, and everything which is neither virtuous nor vicious. Love all men. Walk according to God; for, as a poet hath said, his laws govern all. Marcus Aurelius

No one wearies of benefits received. Marcus Aurelius

Give full attention and devotion to each act. Marcus Aurelius

No state sorrier than that of the man who keeps up a continual round, and pries into "the secrets of the nether world," as saith the poet, and is curious in conjecture of what is in his neighbour's heart. Marcus Aurelius

Reflect often upon the rapidity with which all existing things, or things coming into existence, sweep past us and are carried away. Marcus Aurelius

The offender needs pity, not wrath; those who must needs be corrected, should be treated with tact and gentleness; and one must be always ready to learn better. 'The best kind of revenge is, not to become like unto them.' Marcus Aurelius

All things fade and quickly turn to myth. Marcus Aurelius

...if a man comes to his fortieth year, and has any understanding at all, he has virtually seen - thanks to their similarity - all possible happenings, both past and to come. Marcus Aurelius the ways of Nature there is no evil to be found. Marcus Aurelius

...the sole thing of which any man can be deprived is the present; since this is all he owns, and nobody can lose what is not his. Marcus Aurelius

Put an end once and for all to this discussion of what a good person should be, and be one. Marcus Aurelius

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