Marcus Aurelius Quotes & Wallpapers

Marcus Aurelius
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Nothing happens to any man which he is not formed by nature to bear. The same things happen to another, and either because he does not see that they have happened or because he would show a great spirit he is firm and remains unharmed. It is a shame then that ignorance and conceit should be stronger than wisdom. Marcus Aurelius

...the infallible man does not exist. Marcus Aurelius

The world is a living being - one nature, one soul. Keep that in mind. Marcus Aurelius

Practice really hearing what people say. Do your best to get inside their mind. Marcus Aurelius

External things are not the problem. It's your assessment of them. Which you can erase right now. Marcus Aurelius

The cucumber is bitter? Then throw it out. There are brambles in the path? Then go around them. That's all you need to know. Nothing more. Don't demand to know "why such things exist." Anyone who understands the world will laugh at you, just as a carpenter would if you seemed shocked at finding sawdust in his workshop, or a shoemaker at scraps of leather left over from work. Marcus Aurelius

When you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, remember that your defining characteristic-what defines a human being-is to work with others. Marcus Aurelius

He who pays no attention to what his neighbor does, says or thinks, preferring to concentrate on making his own actions appropriate and justifiable, better uses his time. Marcus Aurelius

When you have been compelled by circumstances to be disturbed in any manner, quickly return to yourself, and do not continue out of tune longer than the compulsion lasts. You will have increasing control over your own harmony by continually returning to it. 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

It's time you realized that you have something in you more powerful and miraculous than the things that affect you and make you dance like a puppet. Marcus Aurelius

There is no man so fortunate that there shall not be by him when he is dying some who are pleased with what is going to happen. Marcus Aurelius

Life is a campaign, a brief staying in a strange region. Marcus Aurelius

You will find rest from vain fancies if you perform every act in life as though it were your last. Marcus Aurelius

Many the lumps of frankincense on the same altar; one falls there early and another late, but it makes no difference. Marcus Aurelius

Whatever is in any way beautiful hath its source of beauty in itself, and is complete in itself; praise forms no part of it. So it is none the worse nor the better for being praised. Marcus Aurelius

Death,-a stopping of impressions through the senses, and of the pulling of the cords of motion, and of the ways of thought, and of service to the flesh. Marcus Aurelius

The earth loveth the shower, and the holy ether knoweth what love is. The Universe, too, loves to create whatsoever is destined to be made. Marcus Aurelius

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

Your life is what your thoughts make it. Marcus Aurelius

Though you break your heart, men will go on as before. Marcus Aurelius

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. Marcus Aurelius

Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life. Marcus Aurelius

Not to waste time on nonsense. Not to be taken in by conjurors and hoodoo artists with their talk about incantations and exorcism and all the rest of it. Not to be obsessed with quail-fighting or other crazes like that. Marcus Aurelius

There is no man so blessed that some who stand by his deathbed won't hail the occasion with delight. Marcus Aurelius

The stream of tendency in which all things seek to fulfill the law of their being. Marcus Aurelius

Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them. Marcus Aurelius

There is nothing happens to any person but what was in his power to go through with. Marcus Aurelius

Where a man can live, he can also live well. Marcus Aurelius

Because other people are fools, must you be so too? Marcus Aurelius

To expect an impossibility is madness. Marcus Aurelius

The gods have provided me with clear and compelling signs of what it means to live in conformity to nature. They did their part. So far as their gifts, aid, and inspiration are concerned, nothing prevented me from following the path prescribed by nature. If from time to time I have strayed from this path, the fault lies with me and with my failure to heed the gods' signs, or rather, their explicit instructions. Marcus Aurelius

When you find an unwillingness to rise early in the morning, make this short speech to yourself: I am getting up now to do the business of a man; and am I out of humour for going about that I was made for, and for the sake of which I was sent into the world? Was I then designed for nothing but to doze and keep warm beneath the counterpane? Well! but this is a comfortable way of living. Marcus Aurelius

That which had grown from the earth, to the earth, But that which has sprung from heavenly seed, Back to the heavenly realms returns. This is either a dissolution of the mutual involution of the atoms, or a similar dispersion of the unsentient elements. Marcus Aurelius

Every soul, the philosopher says, is involuntarily deprived of truth; consequently in the same way it is deprived of justice and temperance and benevolence and everything of the kind. It is most necessary to keep this in mind, for thus thou wilt be more gentle towards all. Marcus Aurelius

Look to the essence of a thing, whether it be a point of doctrine, of practice, or of interpretation. Marcus Aurelius

The things... which are proper to the understanding no other man is used to impede, for neither fire, nor iron, nor tyrant, nor abuse, touches it in any way. When it has been made a sphere, it continues a sphere. Marcus Aurelius

Think not so much of what thou hast not as of what thou hast: but of the things which thou hast, select the best, and then reflect how eagerly they would have been sought, if thou hadst them not. At the same time, however, take care that thou dost not, through being so pleased with them, accustom thyself to overvalue them, so as to be disturbed if ever thou shouldst not have them. Marcus Aurelius

If thou canst see sharp, look and judge wisely, says the philosopher. Marcus Aurelius

Men seek retreats for themselves, houses in the country, sea-shores, and mountains; and thou too art wont to desire such things very much. But this is altogether a mark of the most common sort of men, for it is in thy power whenever thou shalt choose to retire into thyself. For nowhere either with more quiet or more freedom from trouble does a man retire than into his own soul. Marcus Aurelius

All things are the same, familiar in enterprise, momentary in endurance, coarse in substance. All things now are as they were in the day of those whom we have buried. Marcus Aurelius

All that happens is as usual and familiar as the rose in spring and the crop in summer. Marcus Aurelius

Every being ought to do that which is according to its constitution; and all other things have been constituted for the sake of the superior, but the rational for the sake of one another. Marcus Aurelius

There are three relations [between thee and other things]: the one to the body which surrounds thee; the second to the divine cause from which all things come to all; and the third to those who live with thee. Marcus Aurelius

Why dost thou not pray... to give thee the faculty of not fearing any of the things which thou fearest, or of not desiring any of the things which thou desirest, or not being pained at anything, rather than pray that any of these things should not happen or happen? Marcus Aurelius

The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts. Marcus Aurelius

Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. Soak it then in such trains of thoughts as, for example: Where life is possible at all, a right life is possible. Marcus Aurelius

Look within, for within is the wellspring of virtue, which will not cease flowing, if you cease not from digging. Marcus Aurelius

Snow endures but for a season, and joy comes with the morning. Marcus Aurelius

Is your cucumber bitter? Throw it away. Are there briars in your path? Turn aside. That is enough. Do not go on and ay, 'Why were things of this sort ever brought into the world?' Marcus Aurelius

A man's true delight is to do the things he was made for. Marcus Aurelius

Life is a warfare and a stranger's sojourn, and after fame is oblivion. Marcus Aurelius

Most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you'll have more time, and more tranquillity. Ask yourself at every moment, 'Is this necessary?' Marcus Aurelius

He who follows reason in all things is both tranquil and active at the same time, and also cheerful and collected. Marcus Aurelius

There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile. Marcus Aurelius

Persuade me or prove to me that I am mistaken in thought or deed, and I will gladly change - for it is the truth I seek, and the truth never harmed anyone. Harm comes from persisting in error and clinging to ignorance. Marcus Aurelius

It is within our power not to make a judgement about something, and so not disturb our minds; for nothing in itself possesses the power to form our judgements. Marcus Aurelius

Imagine you were now dead, or had not lived before his moment. Now view the rest of your life as a bonus.... Marcus Aurelius

How soon will time cover all things. Marcus Aurelius

Death smiles at us all, all a man can do is smile back. Marcus Aurelius

There is no misfortune, but to bear it nobly is good fortune. Marcus Aurelius

He would be the finer gentleman that should leave the world without having tasted of lying or pretence of any sort, or of wantonness or conceit. Marcus Aurelius

All that is harmony for you, my Universe, is in harmony with me as well. Nothing that comes at the right time for you is too early or too late for me. Everything is fruit to me that your seasons bring, Nature. All things come of you, have their being in you, and return to you. Marcus Aurelius

Vex not thy spirit at the course of things; they heed not thy vexation. How ludicrous and outlandish is astonishment at anything that may happen in life. Marcus Aurelius

Deem not life a thing of consequence. For look at the yawning void of the future, and at that other limitless space, the past. Marcus Aurelius

Just as the sand-dunes, heaped one upon another, hide each the first, so in life the former deeds are quickly hidden by those that follow after. Marcus Aurelius

Frequently consider the connection of all things in the universe. Marcus Aurelius

An angry look on the face is wholly against nature. If it be assumed frequently, beauty begins to perish, and in the end is quenched beyond rekindling. Marcus Aurelius

It is not the actions of others which trouble us (for those actions are controlled by their governing part), but rather it is our own judgments. Therefore remove those judgments and resolve to let go of your anger, and it will already be gone. How do you let go? By realizing that such actions are not shameful to you. Marcus Aurelius

The most complete revenge is not to imitate the aggressor. Marcus Aurelius



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