Marcus Aurelius Quotes & Wallpapers

Marcus Aurelius
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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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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 will find rest from vain fancies if you perform every act in life as though it were your last. Marcus Aurelius
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Many the lumps of frankincense on the same altar; one falls there early and another late, but it makes no difference. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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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
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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
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There is no man so blessed that some who stand by his deathbed won't hail the occasion with delight. Marcus Aurelius
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The stream of tendency in which all things seek to fulfill the law of their being. 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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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
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...the infallible man does not exist. Marcus Aurelius
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The world is a living being - one nature, one soul. Keep that in mind. Marcus Aurelius
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Practice really hearing what people say. Do your best to get inside their mind. Marcus Aurelius
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External things are not the problem. It's your assessment of them. Which you can erase right now. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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Life is a campaign, a brief staying in a strange region. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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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
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Welcome every experience the looms of fate may weave for you... 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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Your life is what your thoughts make it. Marcus Aurelius
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I cannot comprehend how any man can want anything but the truth. Marcus Aurelius
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Every man's life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain. 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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The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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Look within, for within is the wellspring of virtue, which will not cease flowing, if you cease not from digging. Marcus Aurelius
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Snow endures but for a season, and joy comes with the morning. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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A man's true delight is to do the things he was made for. Marcus Aurelius
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Life is a warfare and a stranger's sojourn, and after fame is oblivion. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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Which is recorded of Socrates, that he was able both to abstain from, and to enjoy, those things which many are too weak to abstain from, and cannot enjoy without excess. But to be strong enough both to bear the one and to be sober in the other is the mark of a man who has a perfect and invincible soul. Marcus Aurelius
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Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look. Marcus Aurelius
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Without a purpose, nothing should be done. Marcus Aurelius
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While you live, while it is in your power, be good. Marcus Aurelius
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Nothing can come out of nothing, any more than a thing can go back to nothing. Marcus Aurelius
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Purge your mind of all aimless and idle thoughts, especially those that pry into the affairs of others or wish them ill. Marcus Aurelius
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All things are linked with one another, and this oneness is sacred; there is nothing that is not interconnected with everything else. For things are interdependent, and they combine to form this universal order. There is only one universe made up of all things, and one creator who pervades them; there is one substance and one law, namely, common reason in all thinking creatures, and all truth is one-if, as we believe, there is only one path of perfection for all beings who share the same mind. Marcus Aurelius
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Whatever may happen to thee, it was prepared for thee from all eternity ... Marcus Aurelius
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Suppose that men kill thee, cut thee in pieces, curse thee, what can these things do to prevent thy mind from remaining pure, wise, sober, just? Marcus Aurelius
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The sinner sins against himself; the wrongdoer wrongs himself, becoming the worse by his own action. Marcus Aurelius
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?"Begin the morning by saying to thyself, I shall meet with the busy-body, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, unsocial Marcus Aurelius
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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
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The most complete revenge is not to imitate the aggressor. Marcus Aurelius
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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
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