Marcus Aurelius Quotes & Wallpapers

Marcus Aurelius
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Dress not thy thoughts in too fine a raiment. And be not a man of superfluous words or superfluous deeds. Marcus Aurelius
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All things change, and you yourself are constantly wasting away. So also is the universe. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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Everything is interwoven, and the web is holy. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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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
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A person's worth is measured by the worth of what he values. Marcus Aurelius
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Live out your life in truth and justice, tolerant of those who are neither true nor just. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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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
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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
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Keep constantly in mind in how many things you yourself have witnessed changes already. The universe is change, life is understanding. Marcus Aurelius
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For any particular thing, ask: What is it in itself? What is its nature? Marcus Aurelius
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Your task is to stand straight; not to be held straight. 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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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
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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
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Bear in mind that the measure of a man is the worth of the things he cares about. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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When pain is unbearable it destroys us; when it does not it is bearable. 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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil. Marcus Aurelius
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Be content to seem what you really are. Marcus Aurelius
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A man's worth is no greater than the worth of his ambitions. Marcus Aurelius
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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. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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Live with the gods. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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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
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Look within. Within is the fountain of the good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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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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Whatever may befall you, it was preordained for you from everlasting. Marcus Aurelius
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And what after all is everlasting fame? Altogether vanity. Marcus Aurelius
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Man is born for deeds of kindness. Marcus Aurelius
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Whoever values peace of mind and the health of the soul will live the best of all possible lives. Marcus Aurelius
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Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be. Become one yourself! Marcus Aurelius
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In the morning, when you are sluggish about getting up, let this thought be present: 'I am rising to a man's work. 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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