Marcus Aurelius Quotes

By Alan Reiner – July 6, 2024

‘Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘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.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Our life is what our thoughts make it.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘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.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘To live happily is an inward power of the soul.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.’ – Marcus Aurelius

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

‘The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.’ – Marcus Aurelius

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

‘Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Each day provides its own gifts.’ – Marcus Aurelius

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

‘Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature’s delight.’ – Marcus Aurelius

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

‘How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.’ – Marcus Aurelius

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

‘Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Poverty is the mother of crime.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Everything that happens happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘The universe is transformation: life is opinion.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Begin – to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Tomorrow is nothing, today is too late; the good lived yesterday.’ – Marcus Aurelius

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

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

‘That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.’ – Marcus Aurelius

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

‘Anger cannot be dishonest.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Do every act of your life as if it were your last.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘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.” – Marcus Aurelius

‘Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Confine yourself to the present.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘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

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

‘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

‘We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘A man should be upright, not be kept upright.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘To understand the true quality of people, you must look into their minds, and examine their pursuits and aversions.’ – 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

‘Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else.’ – 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

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

‘Perhaps there are none more lazy, or more truly ignorant, than your everlasting readers.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Execute every act of thy life as though it were thy last.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘The universal order and the personal order are nothing but different expressions and manifestations of a common underlying principle.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Men exist for the sake of one another.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Death, like birth, is a secret of Nature.’ – 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

‘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

‘Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise.’ – Marcus Aurelius

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

‘When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man’s life.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘What springs from earth dissolves to earth again, and heaven-born things fly to their native seat.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last.’ – Marcus Aurelius

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

‘Be content to seem what you really are.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘The act of dying is one of the acts of life.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Let it be your constant method to look into the design of people’s actions, and see what they would be at, as often as it is practicable; and to make this custom the more significant, practice it first upon yourself.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Each thing is of like form from everlasting and comes round again in its cycle.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.’ – Marcus Aurelius