Marcus Aurelius Quotes & Wallpapers

Marcus Aurelius
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Whatever may happen to thee, it was prepared for thee from all eternity; and the implication of causes was from eternity spinning the thread of thy being and of that which is incident to it. Marcus Aurelius

Look well into thyself; there is a source which will always spring up if thou wilt always search there. Marcus Aurelius

Within ten days thou wilt seem a god to those to whom thou art now a beast and an ape, if thou wilt return to thy principles and the worship of reason. Marcus Aurelius

If souls continue to exist, how does the air contain them from eternity? Marcus Aurelius

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

Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look. Marcus Aurelius

Whatever may happen to thee, it was prepared for thee from all eternity ... Marcus Aurelius

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

The sinner sins against himself; the wrongdoer wrongs himself, becoming the worse by his own action. Marcus Aurelius

Every man's life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain. Marcus Aurelius

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

I cannot comprehend how any man can want anything but the truth. Marcus Aurelius

Try to live the life of the good man who is more than content with what is allocated to him. Marcus Aurelius

You exist but as a part inherent in a greater whole. Do not live as though you had a thousand years before you. The common due impends; while you live, and while you may, be good. Marcus Aurelius

I am an old man and have had many worries, but most have never come to pass. Marcus Aurelius

Without a purpose, nothing should be done. Marcus Aurelius

While you live, while it is in your power, be good. Marcus Aurelius

Nothing can come out of nothing, any more than a thing can go back to nothing. Marcus Aurelius

Purge your mind of all aimless and idle thoughts, especially those that pry into the affairs of others or wish them ill. Marcus Aurelius

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

?"Begin the morning by saying to thyself, I shall meet with the busy-body, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, unsocial Marcus Aurelius

Let every action aim solely at the common good. Marcus Aurelius

In one way an arrow moves, in another way the mind. The mind indeed, both when it exercises caution and when it is employed about inquiry, moves straight onward not the less, and to its object. Marcus Aurelius

The perfection of moral character consists in this, in passing every day as the last, and in being neither violently excited nor torpid nor playing the hypocrite. Marcus Aurelius

They know not how many things are signified by the words stealing, sowing, buying, keeping quiet, seeing what ought to be done; for this is not effected by the eyes, but by another kind of vision. Marcus Aurelius

My city and state are Rome. But as a human being? The world. So for me, "good" can only mean what's good for both communities. Marcus Aurelius

No one can keep you from living as your nature requires. Nothings can happen to you that is not required by Nature. Marcus Aurelius

The main thing we were made for is to work with others. Marcus Aurelius

We are born for cooperation Marcus Aurelius

Keep yourself simple, good, pure, serious, and unassuming; the friend of justice and godliness; kindly, affectionate, and resolute in your devotion to duty. Marcus Aurelius

Remember that all is opinion. For what was said by the Cynic Monimus is manifest: and manifest too is the use of what was said, if a man receives what may be got out of it as far as it is true. Marcus Aurelius

Above, below, all around are the movements of the elements. But the motion of virtue is in none of these: it is something more divine, and advancing by a way hardly observed it goes happily on its road. Marcus Aurelius

It is a shame for the soul to be first to give way in this life, when thy body does not give way. Marcus Aurelius

Live your life as if you are ready to say goodbye to it at any moment, as if the time left for you were some pleasant surprise. Marcus Aurelius

The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing; the main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unseen attack. Marcus Aurelius

Say to yourself in the early morning: I shall meet today inquisitive, ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, uncharitable men. All these things have come upon them through ignorance of real good and ill. 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

Let no act be done at haphazard, nor otherwise than according to the finished rules that govern its kind. Marcus Aurelius

By a tranquil mind I mean nothing else than a mind well ordered. Marcus Aurelius

Is any man afraid of change? Why what can take place without change? Marcus Aurelius

From Antisthenes: It is royal to do good and be abused. Marcus Aurelius

And virtue they will curse, speaking harsh words. Marcus Aurelius

The man who doesn't know what the universe is doesn't know where he lives. Marcus Aurelius

I have often wondered how it is everyone loves himself more than the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than the opinions of others. Marcus Aurelius

What we cannot bear removes us from life; what remains can be borne. Marcus Aurelius

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

Take full account of what Excellencies you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not. Marcus Aurelius

Receive without conceit, release without struggle. Marcus Aurelius

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

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. Marcus Aurelius

Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too. Marcus Aurelius

A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires. Marcus Aurelius

Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that you shall live. Marcus Aurelius

If you do the task before you always adhering to strict reason with zeal and energy and yet with humanity, disregarding all lesser ends and keeping the divinity within you pure and upright, as though you were even now faced with its recall - if you hold steadily to this, staying for nothing and shrinking from nothing, only seeking in each passing action a conformity with nature and in each word and utterance a fearless truthfulness, then the good life shall be yours. And from this course no man has the power to hold you back. Marcus Aurelius

To my great-grandfather I owed the advice to dispense with the education of the schools and have good masters at home instead - and to realize that no expense should be grudged for this purpose. Marcus Aurelius

Everything harmonizes with me, which is harmonious to thee, o Universe. Nothing for me is too early or too late, which is in due time for thee. Marcus Aurelius

Nature which governs the whole will soon change all things which you see, and out of their substance will make other things and again other things... in order that the world may be ever new. Marcus Aurelius

Because your own strength is unequal to a task, do not assume it is beyond the powers of man. Marcus Aurelius

Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. Marcus Aurelius

Death is a release from the impressions of the senses, and from desires that make us their puppets, and from the vagaries of the mind, and from the hard service of the flesh. Marcus Aurelius

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it. Marcus Aurelius

Men exist for the sake of one another. Marcus Aurelius

To refrain from imitation is the best revenge. Marcus Aurelius

How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks. Marcus Aurelius

To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution. Marcus Aurelius

Whatever the universal nature assigns to any man at any time is for the good of that man at that time. Marcus Aurelius

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

If souls survive death for all eternity, how can the heavens hold them all? Or for that matter, how can the earth hold all the bodies that have been buried in it? The answers are the same. Just as on earth, with the passage of time, decaying and transmogrified corpses make way for the newly dead, so souls released into the heavens, after a season of flight, begin to break up, burn, and be absorbed back into the womb of reason, leaving room for souls just beginning to fly. This is the answer for those who believe that souls survive death. Marcus Aurelius

What use do I put my soul to? It is a serviceable question this, and should frequently be put to oneself. How does my ruling part stand affected? And whose soul have I now? That of a child, or a young man, or a feeble woman, or of a tyrant, of cattle or wild beasts. Marcus Aurelius

How very near us stand the two vast gulfs of time, the past and the future, in which all things disappear. Marcus Aurelius

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