Quotes – Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus’ death in 169. He was the last of the Five Good Emperors and is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers.

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

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

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

“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.” Marcus Aurelius

“If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.” 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

“Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?” Marcus Aurelius

“How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.” Marcus Aurelius

“As you rise with the morning Sun, think what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breath, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Marcus Aurelius