Marcus Aurelius Quotes & Wallpapers

Marcus Aurelius
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Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life. Marcus Aurelius

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. Marcus Aurelius

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

Each thing is of like form from everlasting and comes round again in its cycle. Marcus Aurelius

Failing to understand the workings of one's own mind is bound to lead to unhappiness. Marcus Aurelius

Your manners will depend very much upon the quality of what you frequently think on; for the soul is as it were tinged with the colour and complexion of thought. Marcus Aurelius

Praise adds nothing to beauty-makes it neither better nor worse. Marcus Aurelius

Reflect frequently upon the instability of things, and how very fast the scenes of nature are shifted. Matter is in perpetual flux. Change is always and everywhere at work; it strikes through causes and effects, and leaves nothing fixed and permanent. Marcus Aurelius

The gods gave me a father who ruled over me and rid me of any trace of arrogance and showed me that one can live in a palace without bodyguards, extravagant attire, chandeliers, statues, and other luxuries. He taught me that it is possible to live instead pretty much in the manner of a private citizen without losing any of the dignity and authority a ruler must possess to discharge his imperial duties effectively. Marcus Aurelius

Do not suffer a sudden impression to overbear your judgment. Marcus Aurelius

Flinch not, neither give up nor despair, if the achieving of every act in accordance with right principle is not always continuous with thee. Marcus Aurelius

It is not fit that I should give myself pain, for I have never intentionally given pain even to another. Marcus Aurelius

A little time, and thou shalt close thy eyes; and him who has attended thee to thy grave, another soon will lament. Marcus Aurelius

It is satisfaction to a man to do the proper works of a man. Marcus Aurelius

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

Nothing proceeds from nothingness, as also nothing passes away into non-existence. Marcus Aurelius

You have to assemble your life yourself - action by action. Marcus Aurelius

If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgement of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgement now. Marcus Aurelius

When pain is unbearable it destroys us; when it does not it is bearable. Marcus Aurelius

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

Do not act as if you had a thousand years to live. Marcus Aurelius

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

Alexander the Great and his mule driver both died and the same thing happened to both. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

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

Get rid of the judgement ... get rid of the 'I am hurt,' you are rid of the hurt itself. Marcus Aurelius

He that lives alone lives in danger; society avoids many dangers. Marcus Aurelius

A man is a little soul carrying around a courpse. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

All that is from the gods is full of Providence. Marcus Aurelius

A man should be upright, not kept upright. Marcus Aurelius

When you are annoyed at someone's mistake, immediately look at yourself and reflect how you also fail; for example, in thinking that good equals money, or pleasure, or a bit of fame. By being mindful of this you'll quickly forget your anger, especially if you realize that the person was under stress, and could do little else. And, if you can, find a way to alleviate that stress. Marcus Aurelius

Failure to read what is happening in another's soul is not easily seen as a cause of unhappiness: but those who fail to attend the motions of their own soul are necessarily unhappy. Marcus Aurelius

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

Men are born for each other's sake, so either teach people or endure them Marcus Aurelius

Know the joy of life by piling good deed on good deed until no rift or cranny appears between them. Marcus Aurelius

The longest-lived and the shortest-lived man, when they come to die, lose one and the same thing. Marcus Aurelius

Or is it your reputation that's bothering you? But look at how soon we're all forgotten. The abyss of endless time that swallows it all. The emptiness of those applauding hands. The people who praise us; how capricious they are, how arbitrary. And the tiny region it takes place. The whole earth a point in space - and most of it uninhabited. Marcus Aurelius

We are born for cooperation, as are the feet, the hands, the eyelids, and the upper and lower jaws. Marcus Aurelius

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

Cultivate these, then, for they are wholly within your power: sincerity and dignity; industriousness; and sobriety. Avoid grumbling, be frugal, considerate, and frank; be temperate in manner and speech; carry yourself with authority. Marcus Aurelius

Put from you the belief that 'I have been wronged', and with it will go the feeling. Reject your sense of injury, and the injury itself disappears. Marcus Aurelius

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

God overrules all mutinous accidents, brings them under His laws of fate, and makes them all serviceable to His purpose. Marcus Aurelius

Receive the gifts of fortune without pride, and part with them without reluctance. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

Nature set a limit on sleep - as it did on eating and drinking. And youre over the limit. But not of working. There youre still below your quota. You dont love yourself enough. Or youd love your nature too and what it demands of you. People who love what they do wear themselves down doing it. They even forget to wash and eat. Marcus Aurelius

Though thou be destined to live three thousand years and as many myriads besides, yet remember that no man loseth other life than that which he liveth, nor liveth other than that which he loseth. Marcus Aurelius

A man must stand erect, not be kept erect by others. Marcus Aurelius

Bear in mind that the measure of a man is the worth of the things he cares about. Marcus Aurelius

Think of the country mouse and of the town mouse, and of the alarm and trepidation of the town mouse. Marcus Aurelius

Our wills are ours, to make them Thine. Marcus Aurelius

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

Why should we feel anger at the world? As if the world would notice? Marcus Aurelius

Give yourself a gift: the present moment. Marcus Aurelius

Enter others' minds and let them enter yours. Marcus Aurelius

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

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

To breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus Aurelius

When forced, as it seems, by your environment to be utterly disquieted, return with all speed into your self, staying in discord no longer than you must. By constant recurrence to the harmony, you will gain more command over it. Marcus Aurelius

Mark how fleeting and paltry is the estate of man - yesterday in embryo, tomorrow a mummy or ashes. So for the hairsbreadth of time assigned to thee, live rationally, and part with life cheerfully, as drops the ripe olive, extolling the season that bore it and the tree that matured it. Marcus Aurelius

Live with the gods. Marcus Aurelius

If any man can convince me and bring home to me that I do not think or act aright, gladly will I change; for I search after truth, by which man never yet was harmed. But he is harmed who abideth on still in his deception and ignorance. Marcus Aurelius

Nature which governs the whole will soon change all things which thou seest, and out of there substance will make other things, and again other things from the substance of them, in order that the world may ever be new. Marcus Aurelius

Look within. Within is the fountain of the good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig. Marcus Aurelius

To change your mind and to follow him who sets you right is to be nonetheless the free agent that you were before. Marcus Aurelius

He that knows not what the world is, knows not where he is himself. He that knows not for what he was made, knows not what he is nor what the world is. Marcus Aurelius



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