Marcus Aurelius Quotes & Wallpapers

Marcus Aurelius
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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
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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
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Death, like generation, is a secret of Nature. Marcus Aurelius
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Whatever happens at all happens as it should; you will find this true, if you watch narrowly. Marcus Aurelius
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Remember this- that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life. Marcus Aurelius
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Let not thy mind run on what thou lackest as much as on what thou hast already. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. Marcus Aurelius
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Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts. Marcus Aurelius
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Each thing is of like form from everlasting and comes round again in its cycle. Marcus Aurelius
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Shame on the soul, to falter on the road of life while the body still perseveres. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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A man's happiness, - to do the things proper to man. Marcus Aurelius
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The wrongdoer is often the person who left something undone, rather than the person who has done something Marcus Aurelius
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From my grandfather's father, I learned to dispense with attendance at public schools, and to enjoy good teachers at home, and to recognize that on such things money should be eagerly spent. Marcus Aurelius
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Nothing proceeds from nothingness, as also nothing passes away into non-existence. Marcus Aurelius
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You have to assemble your life yourself - action by action. Marcus Aurelius
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Observe always that everything is the result of change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and make new ones like them. Marcus Aurelius
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You are a little soul carrying about a corpse, as Epictetus used to say. Marcus Aurelius
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Accept whatever comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny, for what could more aptly fit your needs? Marcus Aurelius
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That which is really beautiful has no need of anything; not more than law, not more than truth, not more than benevolence or modesty. Marcus Aurelius
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The time is at hand when you will have forgotten everything; and the time is at hand when all will have forgotten you. Always reflect that soon you will be no one, and nowhere. Marcus Aurelius
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Do not act as if you had a thousand years to live. Marcus Aurelius
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When you need encouragement, think of the qualities the people around you have: this one's energy, that one's modesty, another's generosity, and so on. Nothing is as encouraging as when virtues are visibly embodied in the people around us, when we're practically showered with them. It's good to keep this in mind. Marcus Aurelius
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Alexander the Great and his mule driver both died and the same thing happened to both. Marcus Aurelius
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It is the act of a madman to pursue impossibilities . Marcus Aurelius
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When we consider we are bound to be serviceable to mankind, and bear with their faults, we shall perceive there is a common tie of nature and relation between us. Marcus Aurelius
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Just as nature takes every obstacle, every impediment, and works around it-turns it to its purposes, incorporates it into itself, so, too, a rational being can turn each setback into raw material and use it to achieve its goal. Marcus Aurelius
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A man must stand erect, not be kept erect by others. Marcus Aurelius
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We are born for cooperation, as are the feet, the hands, the eyelids, and the upper and lower jaws. Marcus Aurelius
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It is not the weight of the future or the past that is pressing upon you, but ever that of the present alone. Even this burden, too, can be lessened if you confine it strictly to its own limits. Marcus Aurelius
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Get rid of the judgement ... get rid of the 'I am hurt,' you are rid of the hurt itself. Marcus Aurelius
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Everything is interwoven, and the web is holy; none of its parts are unconnected. They are composed harmoniously, and together - they compose the world. Marcus Aurelius
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Give your heart to the trade you have learnt, and draw refreshment from it. Let the rest of your days be spent as one who has whole-heartedly committed his all to the gods and is thenceforth no man's master or slave. Marcus Aurelius
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When you find an unwillingness to rise early in the morning, endeavor to rouse your faculties, and act up to your kind, and consider that you have to do the business of a man; and that action is both beneficial and the end of your being. Marcus Aurelius
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God overrules all mutinous accidents, brings them under His laws of fate, and makes them all serviceable to His purpose. Marcus Aurelius
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Receive the gifts of fortune without pride, and part with them without reluctance. Marcus Aurelius
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Where life is possible at all, a right life is possible; life in a palace is possible; therefore even in a palace a right life is possible. Marcus Aurelius
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Adorn thyself with simplicity and with indifference towards the things which lie between virtue and vice. Love mankind. Follow God. The poet says that Law rules all. And it is enough to remember that law rules all. Marcus Aurelius
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All that is from the gods is full of Providence. Marcus Aurelius
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A man should be upright, not kept upright. Marcus Aurelius
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Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. Marcus Aurelius
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Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away. Marcus Aurelius
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What doesn't transmit light creates its own darkness. Marcus Aurelius
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Outward objects cannot take hold of the soul, nor force their passage into her, nor set any of her wheels going. No, the impression comes from herself, and it is her own motions which affect her. As for the contingencies of fortune, they are either great or little, according to the opinion she has of her own strength. Marcus Aurelius
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It is not right to vex ourselves at things, for they care not about it. Marcus Aurelius
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Never act without purpose and resolve, or without the means to finish the job. Marcus Aurelius
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The nature of the universe is the nature of things that are. Now, things that are have kinship with things that are from the beginning. Further, this nature is styled Truth; and it is the first cause of all that is true. Marcus Aurelius
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The earth loveth the shower," and "the holy aether knoweth what love is." The Universe, too, loves to create whatsoever is destined to be made. Marcus Aurelius
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This thou must always bear in mind, what is the nature of the whole... Marcus Aurelius
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He that dies in extreme old age will be reduced to the same state with him that is cut down untimely. Marcus Aurelius
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Depart then satisfied, for he also who releases thee is satisfied. Marcus Aurelius
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To a rational being it is the same thing to act according to nature and according to reason. Marcus Aurelius
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On the occasion of every act ask thyself, How is this with respect to me? Shall I repent of it? A little time and I am dead, and all is gone. Marcus Aurelius
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What matter and opportunity [for thy activity] art thou avoiding? For what else are all these things, except exercises for the reason, when it has viewed carefully and by examination into their nature the things which happen in life? Persevere then until thou shalt have made these things thy own, as the stomach which is strengthened makes all things its own, as the blazing fire makes flame and brightness out of everything that is thrown into it. Marcus Aurelius
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No longer let thy breathing only act in concert with the air which surrounds thee, but let thy intelligence also now be in harmony with the intelligence which embraces all things. For the intelligent power is no less diffused in all parts and pervades all things for him who is willing to draw it to him than the aerial power for him who is able to respire it. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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God sees the minds (ruling principles) of all men bared of the material vesture and rind and impurities. For with his intellectual part alone he touches the intelligence only which has flowed and been derived from himself into these bodies. And if thou also usest thyself to do this, thou wilt rid thyself of thy much trouble. For he who regards not the poor flesh which envelops him, surely will not trouble himself by looking after raiment and dwelling and fame and such like externals and show. Marcus Aurelius
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To breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus Aurelius
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This is the mark of a perfect character - to pass through each day as though it were the last, without agitation, without torpor, and without pretense. Marcus Aurelius
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Men are born for each other's sake, so either teach people or endure them Marcus Aurelius
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Think of the country mouse and of the town mouse, and of the alarm and trepidation of the town mouse. Marcus Aurelius
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Our wills are ours, to make them Thine. Marcus Aurelius
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Frightened of change? But what can exist without it? What's closer to nature's heart? Can you take a hot bath and leave the firewood as it was? Eat food without transforming it? Can any vital process take place without something being changed? Can't you see? It's just the same with you - and just as vital to nature. Marcus Aurelius
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Why should we feel anger at the world? As if the world would notice? Marcus Aurelius
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Give yourself a gift: the present moment. Marcus Aurelius
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Enter others' minds and let them enter yours. Marcus Aurelius
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If it's in your control, why do you do it? If it's in someone else's control, then who are you blaming? Atoms? The gods? Stupid either way. Blame no one. Set people straight, if you can. If not, just repair the damage. Marcus Aurelius
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Know the joy of life by piling good deed on good deed until no rift or cranny appears between them. Marcus Aurelius
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The longest-lived and the shortest-lived man, when they come to die, lose one and the same thing. Marcus Aurelius
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