Marcus Aurelius Quotes & Wallpapers

Marcus Aurelius
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I bless the gods for not letting my education in rhetoric, poetry, and other literary studies come easily to me, and thereby sparing me from an absorbing interest in these subjects. Marcus Aurelius

Look deep into the hearts of men, and see what delights and disgusts the wise. Marcus Aurelius

It is a disgrace to let ignorance and vanity do more with us than prudence and principle. Marcus Aurelius

If mind is common to us, then also the reason, whereby we are reasoning beings, is common.' If this be so, then also the reason which enjoins what is to be done or left undone is common. If this be so, law also is common; if this be so, we are citizens; if this be so, we are partakers in one constitution; if this be so, the Universe is a kind of Commonwealth. Marcus Aurelius

Rememberest the gods, and that they wish not to be flattered, but wish all reasonable beings to be made like themselves; and... rememberest that what does the work of a fig-tree is a fig-tree, and that what does the work of a dog is a dog, and that what does the work of a bee is a bee, and that what does the work of a man is a man. Marcus Aurelius

Waste not the remnant of thy life in those imaginations touching other folk, whereby thou contributest not to the common weal. Marcus Aurelius

Live each day as if it be your last. Marcus Aurelius

Is any man afraid of change? Why what can take place without change? What then is more pleasing or more suitable to the universal nature? Marcus Aurelius

Everything is interwoven, and the web is holy. Marcus Aurelius

Dress not thy thoughts in too fine a raiment. And be not a man of superfluous words or superfluous deeds. Marcus Aurelius

All things change, and you yourself are constantly wasting away. So also is the universe. Marcus Aurelius

Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it.... Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle. Marcus Aurelius

Frequently consider the connection of all things in the universe. .. We should not say 'I am an Athenian' or 'I am a Roman' but 'I am a citizen of the Universe. Marcus Aurelius

Remember how often you have postponed minding your interest, and let slip those opportunities the gods have given you. It is now high time to consider what sort of world you are part of, and from what kind of governor of it you are descended; that you have a set period assigned you to act in, and unless you improve it to brighten and compose your thoughts, it will quickly run off with you, and be lost beyond recovery. Marcus Aurelius

Letting go all else, cling to the following few truths. Remember that man lives only in the present, in this fleeting instant: all the rest of his life is either past and gone, or not yet revealed. This mortal life is a little thing, lived in a little corner of the earth; and little, too, is the longest fame to come - dependent as it is on a succession of fast-perishing little men who have no knowledge even of their own selves, much less of one long dead and gone. Marcus Aurelius

What we do now echoes in eternity. Marcus Aurelius

Everything is banal in experience, fleeting in duration, sordid in content; in all respects the same today as generations now dead and buried have found it to be. Marcus Aurelius

For any particular thing, ask: What is it in itself? What is its nature? Marcus Aurelius

A person's worth is measured by the worth of what he values. Marcus Aurelius

Live out your life in truth and justice, tolerant of those who are neither true nor just. Marcus Aurelius

He who fears death either fears the loss of sensation or a different kind of sensation. But if thou shalt have no sensation, neither wilt thou feel any harm; and if thou shalt acquire another kind of sensation, thou wilt be a different kind of living being and thou wilt not cease to live. Marcus Aurelius

You don't have to turn this into something. It doesn't have to upset you. Things can't shape our decisions by themselves. Marcus Aurelius

How barbarous, to deny men the privilege of pursuing what they imagine to be their proper concerns and interests! Yet, in a sense, this is just what you are doing when you allow your indignation to rise at their wrongdoing; for after all, they are only following their own apparent concerns and interests. You say they are mistaken? Why then, tell them so, and explain it to them, instead of being indignant. Marcus Aurelius

Keep constantly in mind in how many things you yourself have witnessed changes already. The universe is change, life is understanding. Marcus Aurelius

It is right that man should love those who have offended him. He will do so when he remembers that all men are his relations, and that it is through ignorance and involuntarily that they sin, - and then we all die so soon. Marcus Aurelius

Our understandings are always liable to error. Nature and certainty is very hard to come at; and infallibility is mere vanity and pretense. Marcus Aurelius

From Apollonius I learned freedom of will and undeviating steadiness of purpose; and to look to nothing else, not even for a moment, except to reason. Marcus Aurelius

As for others whose lives are not so ordered, he reminds himself constantly of the characters they exhibit daily and nightly at home and abroad, and of the sort of society they frequent; and the approval of such men, who do not even stand well in their own eyes, has no value for him. Marcus Aurelius

Vex not thy spirit at the course of things, they heed not thy vexations Marcus Aurelius

I was once a fortunate man but at some point fortune abandoned me. But true good fortune is what you make for yourself. Good fortune: good character, good intentions, and good actions. Marcus Aurelius

Let it judge that nothing is either bad or good which can happen equally to the bad man and the good. For that which happens equally to him who lives contrary to nature and to him who lives according to nature, is neither according to nature nor contrary to nature. Marcus Aurelius

One universe made up all that is; and one God in it all, and one principle of being, and one law, the reason shared by all thinking creatures, and one truth. Marcus Aurelius

Let thy chief fort and place of defense be a mind free from passions. A stronger place and better fortified than this, hath no man. Marcus Aurelius

Nothing that goes on in anyone else's mind can harm you. Marcus Aurelius

If unwilling to rise in the morning, say to thyself, 'I awake to do the work of a man.' Marcus Aurelius

Whatever any one does or says, I must be good; just as if the emerald were always saying this: "Whatever any one does or says, I must still be emerald, and keep my color. Marcus Aurelius

Most of what we say and do is unnecessary: remove the superfluity, and you will have more time and less bother. So in every case one should prompt oneself: 'Is this, or is it not, something necessary?' And the removal of the unnecessary should apply not only to actions but to thoughts also: then no redundant actions either will follow. Marcus Aurelius

Are you distracted by outward cares? Then allow yourself a space of quiet wherein you can add to your knowledge of the Good and learn to curb your restlessness. Nowhere can a man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. Avail yourself often, then, of this retirement, and so continually renew yourself. Marcus Aurelius

Change your attitude to the things that bother you and you will be aware of them. Marcus Aurelius

Withdraw to the untroubled quietude deep within the soul, and refresh yourself. Marcus Aurelius

Prize that which is best in the universe; and this is that which useth everything and ordereth everything. Marcus Aurelius

Be not unwilling in what thou doest, neither selfish nor unadvised nor obstinate; let not over-refinement deck out thy thought; be not wordy nor a busybody. Marcus Aurelius

The world is mere change, and this life, opinion. Marcus Aurelius

He is a true fugitive who flies from reason. Marcus Aurelius

Stop whatever you're doing for a moment and ask yourself: Am I afraid of death because I won't be able to do this anymore? Marcus Aurelius

Neither in thy actions be sluggish nor in thy conversation without method, nor wandering in thy thoughts, nor let there be in thy soul inward contention nor external effusion, nor in life be so busy as to have no leisure. Marcus Aurelius

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

Everything is born from change. ...there is nothing nature loves more that to alter what exists and make new things like it. All that exists is the seed of what will emerge from it. You think the only seeds are the one that make plants and children? Go deeper. Marcus Aurelius

Keep reminding yourself of the way things are connected, of great relatedness. All things are implicated in one another and in sympathy with each other. This event is the consequence of some other one. Things push and pull on each other, and breathe together, and are ONE. Marcus Aurelius

Everything is here for a purpose, from horses to vine shoots. What's surprising about that? Even the sun will tell you, "I have a purpose," and the other goods as well. Marcus Aurelius

It is the duty of men to love even those who injure them. Marcus Aurelius

Life is short. Do not forget about the most important things in our life, living for other people and doing good for them. Marcus Aurelius

The wrongdoer is often the person who left something undone, rather than the person who has done something Marcus Aurelius

Death, like generation, is a secret of Nature. Marcus Aurelius

Whatever happens at all happens as it should; you will find this true, if you watch narrowly. Marcus Aurelius

Remember this- that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life. Marcus Aurelius

Let not thy mind run on what thou lackest as much as on what thou hast already. Marcus Aurelius

Remember that what pulls the strings is the force hidden within; there lies the power to persuade, there the life,-there, if one must speak out, the real man. Marcus Aurelius

It is the act of a madman to pursue impossibilities. Marcus Aurelius

Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there. Marcus Aurelius

Nothing happens to any thing which that thing is not made by nature to bear. Marcus Aurelius

Shame on the soul, to falter on the road of life while the body still perseveres. Marcus Aurelius

Love nothing but that which comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny. For what could more aptly fit your needs? Marcus Aurelius

A man's happiness, - to do the things proper to man. Marcus Aurelius

Your task is to stand straight; not to be held straight. Marcus Aurelius

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. Marcus Aurelius

In the life of a man, his time is but a moment, his being an incessant flux, his sense a dim rushlight, his body a prey of worms, his soul an unquiet eddy, his fortune dark, his fame doubtful. In short, all that is body is as coursing waters, all that is of the soul as dreams and vapors. Marcus Aurelius

Humans have come into being for the sake of each other, so either teach them, or learn to bear them. Marcus Aurelius

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. Marcus Aurelius

The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. Marcus Aurelius

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