Marcus Aurelius Quotes

Marcus Aurelius, emperor over the last generat...

Marcus Aurelius, emperor over the last generation of classicists and himself a classicist. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature’s delight.

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

Our life is what our thoughts make it.

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

The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.

Men exist for the sake of one another.

The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer.

Do every act of your life as if it were your last.

Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.

Be content with what you are, and wish not change; nor dread your last day, nor long for it.

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.

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.

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

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.

Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live.

Here is the rule to remember in the future, When anything tempts you to be bitter: not, “This is a misfortune” but “To bear this worthily is good fortune.”

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.

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

The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Men exist for the sake of one another.


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