Marcus Aurelius Quotes

Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius
(26 April 121 – 17 March 180 AD)

“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.”

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

“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.”

“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …”

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

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”

“The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.”

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.”

“How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.”

“The universe is change; life is your perception of it.”

“Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear.”

“Receive without conceit, release without struggle.”

“Humans have come into being for the sake of each other, so either teach them, or learn to bear them.”

“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.”

“No one loses any other life than the one he now lives, nor does one live any other life than that which he will lose.”

The collected journal writings of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius:

Meditations

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