Marcus Aurelius Quotes & Wallpapers

Marcus Aurelius
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I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than on the opinions of others. Marcus Aurelius
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Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish. Marcus Aurelius
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We are too much accustomed to attribute to a single cause that which is the product of several, and the majority of our controversies come from that. Marcus Aurelius
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Do every act of your life as if it were your last. Marcus Aurelius
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Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else. Marcus Aurelius
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Death, like birth, is a secret of Nature. Marcus Aurelius
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The universal order and the personal order are nothing but different expressions and manifestations of a common underlying principle. Marcus Aurelius
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And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last. Marcus Aurelius
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You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long. Marcus Aurelius
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All that is not eternal is eternally out of date. C. S. LEWIS, The Four Loves Life is short. Eternity is long. BENTLEY LITTLE, His Father's Son What we do now echoes in eternity. Marcus Aurelius
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Do you see what little is required of a man to live a well-tempered and god-fearing life? Obey these precepts, and the gods will ask nothing more. Marcus Aurelius
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My being consists of matter and form, that is, of soul and body; annihilation will reach neither of them, for they were never produced out of nothing. The consequence is, that every part of me will serve to make something in the world; and this again will change into another part through an infinite succession of change. This constant method of alteration gave me my being, and my father before me, and so on to eternity backward: for I think I may speak thus, even though the world be confined within certain determinate periods. Marcus Aurelius
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Death, like birth, is one of nature's mysteries, the combining of primal elements and dissolving of the same into the same. Marcus Aurelius
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When the sovereign spirit within us is true to nature, it stands poised and ready to adjust to every change in circumstances and to seize each new opportunity. It doesn't approach an object with prejudice or preconception, but handles each thing dispassionately before embracing it and, if necessary, finds advantage in what opposes it. It is like fire in this regard. Whereas a feeble flame might suffocate under a pile of dry sticks, a robust fire consumes everything it touches. The more objects of any kind heaped on it, the higher it rises, the hotter it burns. Marcus Aurelius
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The whole contains nothing which is not or its advantage; and all natures indeed have this common principle, but the nature of the universe has this principle besides, that it cannot be compelled even by any external cause to generate anything harmful to itself. Marcus Aurelius
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All those things at which thou wishest to arrive by a circuitous road, thou canst have now, if thou dost not refuse them to thyself. Marcus Aurelius
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The mind which is free from passions is a citadel, for man has nothing more secure to which he can fly for refuge and for the future be inexpugnable . He then who has not seen this is an ignorant man: but he who has seen it and does not fly to this refuge is unhappy. Marcus Aurelius
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Let there be freedom from perturbations with respect to the things which come from the external cause; and let there be justice in the things done by virtue of the internal cause, that is, let there be movement and action terminating in this, in social acts, for this is according to thy nature. Marcus Aurelius
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All those [events in history] were such dramas as we see now, only with different actors. Marcus Aurelius
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Do not think that what is hard for you to master is humanly impossible; but if a thing is humanly possible, consider it to be within your reach. Marcus Aurelius
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Were you to live three thousand years, or even thirty thousand, remember that the sole life which a man can lose is that which he is living at the moment; and furthermore, that he can have no other life except the one he loses... Marcus Aurelius
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A person's life is what their thoughts make it. Marcus Aurelius
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It will suffice thee to remember as concerning pain ... that the mind may, by stopping all manner of commerce and sympathy with the body, still retain its own tranquility. Marcus Aurelius
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Be satisfied with your business, and learn to love what you were bred to. Marcus Aurelius
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If any man despises me, that is his problem. My only concern is not doing or saying anything deserving of contempt. Marcus Aurelius
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Does what's happened keep you from acting with justice, generosity, self-control, sanity, prudence, honesty, humility, straightforward ness, and all other qualities that allow a person's nature to fulfill itself? So remember this principle when something threatens to cause you pain: the thing itself was no misfortune at all; to endure it and prevail is great good fortune. Marcus Aurelius
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Your time has a limit set to it. Use it, then, to advance your enlightenment; or it will be gone, and never in your power again. Marcus Aurelius
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Love the people with whom fate brings you together Marcus Aurelius
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Leave the wrong done by another where the wrong arose. Marcus Aurelius
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This is enough. Do not add, And why were such things made in the world? Marcus Aurelius
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The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer. Marcus Aurelius
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You are making an inopportune rejection of what Nature has given you today, if all your mind is set on what men will say of you tomorrow. Marcus Aurelius
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The universe is in change, life is an opinion. Marcus Aurelius
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Spend your brief moment according to nature's law, and serenely greet the journey's end as an olive falls when it is ripe, blessing the branch that bare it, and giving thanks to the tree that gave it life. Marcus Aurelius
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I seek the truth...it is only persistence in self-delusion and ignorance that does harm. Marcus Aurelius
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Men seek out retreats for themselves in the country, by the seaside, on the moutains . . . But all this is unphilosophical to the last degree . . . when thou canst at a moment's notice retire into thyself. Marcus Aurelius
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In an expression of true gratitude, sadness is conspicuous only by its absence Marcus Aurelius
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Take me and cast me where you will; I shall still be possessor of the divinity within me, serene and content. Marcus Aurelius
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Think nothing profitable to you which compels you to break a promise, to lose your self respect, to hate any person, to curse, to act the hypocrite. Marcus Aurelius
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In death, Alexander of Macedon's end differed no whit from his stable-boy's. Either both were received into the same generative principle of the universe, or both alike were dispersed into atoms. Marcus Aurelius
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Once you have done a man a service, what more reward would you have? Is it not enough to have obeyed the laws of your own nature, without expecting to be paid for it? Marcus Aurelius
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Never forget that the universe is a single living organism possessed of one substance and one soul, holding all things suspended in a single consciousness and creating all things with a single purpose that they might work together spinning and weaving and knotting whatever comes to pass. Marcus Aurelius
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Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretence. Marcus Aurelius
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It is man's peculiar duty to love even those who wrong him. Marcus Aurelius
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The true worth of a man is to be measured by the objects he pursues. Marcus Aurelius
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Always run to the short way; and the short way is the natural: accordingly say and do everything in conformity with the soundest reason. For such a purpose frees a man from trouble, and warfare, and all artifice and ostentatious display. Marcus Aurelius
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Do not waste what remains of your life in speculating about your neighbors, unless with a view to some mutual benefit. To wonder what so-and-so is doing and why, or what he is saying, or thinking, or scheming - in a word, anything that distracts you from fidelity to the ruler within you - means a loss of opportunity for some other task. Marcus Aurelius
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All men are made one for another: either then teach them better or bear with them. Marcus Aurelius
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When you have done a good deed that another has had the benefit of, why do you need a third reward-as fools do-praise for having done well or looking for a favor in return. Marcus Aurelius
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Nothing befalls any man which he is not fitted to endure. Marcus Aurelius
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In reading and writing, you cannot lay down rules until you have learnt to obey them. Much more so in life. Marcus Aurelius
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For a man can lose neither the past nor the future; for how can one take from him that which is not his? So remember these two points: first, that each thing is of like form from everlasting and comes round again in its cycle, and that it signifies not whether a man shall look upon the same things for a hundred years or two hundred, or for an infinity of time; second, that 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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To live each day as though one's last, never flustered, never apathetic, never attitudinizing - here is the perfection of character. Marcus Aurelius
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He who has seen present things has seen all, both everything which has taken place from all eternity and everything which will be for time without end; for all things are of one kin and of one form. Marcus Aurelius
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When force of circumstance upsets your equanimity lose no time in recovering your self-control, and do not remain out of tune longer than you can help. Habitual recurrence to the harmony will increase your mastery of it. Marcus Aurelius
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Nothing is worth doing pointlessly. Marcus Aurelius
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God sees the inner spirit stripped of flesh, skin, and all debris. For his own mind only touches the spirit that he has allowed to flow from himself into our bodies. And if you can act the same way, you will rid yourself of all suffering. For surely if you are not preoccupied with the body that encloses you, you will not trouble yourself about clothes, houses, fame, and other showy trappings. Marcus Aurelius
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Nothing befalls a man except what is in his nature to endure. Marcus Aurelius
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To no man make yourself a boon companion: Your joy will be less but less will be your grief Marcus Aurelius
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As for literature, thefts cannot harm it, while the lapse of ages augments its value Marcus Aurelius
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The whole universe is change and life itself is but what you deem it - either gratefully better than or bitterly worse than something else that you alone choose. Marcus Aurelius
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What does not benefit the hive is no benefit to the bee. Marcus Aurelius
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Always bear this in mind, that very little indeed is necessary for living a happy life. Marcus Aurelius
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Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now, take what's left and live it properly. What doesn't transmit light creates its own darkness. Marcus Aurelius
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The intelligence of the universe is social. Marcus Aurelius
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Thou seest how few be the things, the which if a man has at his command his life flows gently on and is divine. Marcus Aurelius
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My true Self is free. I cannot be contained. Marcus Aurelius
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Welcome every experience the looms of fate may weave for you... Marcus Aurelius
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I, who have never willfully pained another, have no business to pain myself. Marcus Aurelius
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Enough of this wretched life and murmuring and apish tricks. Why art thou disturbed? What is there new in this? What unsettles thee? Is it the form of the thing? Look at it. Or is it the matter? Look at it. But besides these there is nothing. Towards the gods, then, now become at last more simple and better. It is the same whether we examine these things for a hundred years or three. Marcus Aurelius
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