Marcus Aurelius was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus’ death in 169. Marcus Aurelius was the last of the so-called Five Good Emperors. He was a practitioner of Stoicism, and his untitled writing, commonly known as the Meditations, is the most significant source of the modern understanding of ancient Stoic philosophy. Aurelius’ Meditations, written in Greek, is still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty.
Very Little Is Needed To Make A Happy Life; It Is All Within Yourself, In Your Way Of Thinking.
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.
It Is Not Death That A Man Should Fear, But He Should Fear Never Beginning To Live.
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.
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.
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.
Everything That Happens Happens As It Should, And If You Observe Carefully, You Will Find This To Be So.
Let Not Your Mind Run On What You Lack As Much As On What You Have Already.
To Refrain From Imitation Is The Best Revenge.
Let Men See, Let Them Know, A Real Man, Who Lives As He Was Meant To Live.
You Must Become An Old Man In Good Time If You Wish To Be An Old Man Long.
Nothing Has Such Power To Broaden The Mind As The Ability To Investigate Systematically And Truly All That Comes Under Thy Observation In Life.
Everything We Hear Is An Opinion, Not A Fact. Everything We See Is A Perspective, Not The Truth.
The Only Wealth Which You Will Keep Forever Is The Wealth You Have Given Away.
Begin - To Begin Is Half The Work, Let Half Still Remain; Again Begin This, And Thou Wilt Have Finished.
To Live Happily Is An Inward Power Of The Soul.
How Much More Grievous Are The Consequences Of Anger Than The Causes Of It.
Reject Your Sense Of Injury And The Injury Itself Disappears.
The Universal Order And The Personal Order Are Nothing But Different Expressions And Manifestations Of A Common Underlying Principle.
The Art Of Living Is More Like Wrestling Than Dancing.
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.
The Best Revenge Is To Be Unlike Him Who Performed The Injury.
Look Within. Within Is The Fountain Of Good, And It Will Ever Bubble Up, If Thou Wilt Ever Dig.
Because A Thing Seems Difficult For You, Do Not Think It Impossible For Anyone To Accomplish.
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.
When Thou Art Above Measure Angry, Bethink Thee How Momentary Is Man's Life.
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.
That Which Is Not Good For The Bee-hive Cannot Be Good For The Bees.
Each Thing Is Of Like Form From Everlasting And Comes Round Again In Its Cycle.
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.
Men Exist For The Sake Of One Another.
Look Back Over The Past, With Its Changing Empires That Rose And Fell, And You Can Foresee The Future, Too.
Life Is Neither Good Or Evil, But Only A Place For Good And Evil.
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.
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.
Nowhere Can Man Find A Quieter Or More Untroubled Retreat Than In His Own Soul.
What Springs From Earth Dissolves To Earth Again, And Heaven-born Things Fly To Their Native Seat.
The Soul Becomes Dyed With The Color Of Its Thoughts.
Natural Ability Without Education Has More Often Raised A Man To Glory And Virtue Than Education Without Natural Ability.
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.
Death, Like Birth, Is A Secret Of Nature.
If It Is Not Right Do Not Do It; If It Is Not True Do Not Say It.
A Man Should Be Upright, Not Be Kept Upright.
The Act Of Dying Is One Of The Acts Of Life.
You Have Power Over Your Mind - Not Outside Events. Realize This, And You Will Find Strength.
Do Every Act Of Your Life As If It Were Your Last.
Whatever The Universal Nature Assigns To Any Man At Any Time Is For The Good Of That Man At That Time.
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.
Where A Man Can Live, He Can Also Live Well.
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.