Marcus Aurelius, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus

Aurelius, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus

Roman Emperor, known for Stoic tome Meditations

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Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness – all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good or evil.

Just that you do the right thing. The rest doesn't matter. Cold or warm. Tired or well-rested. Despised or honored. Dying...or busy with other assignments. Because dying, too, is one of our assignments in life. There as well: "To do what needs doing." Look inward. Don't let the true nature of anything elude you. Before long, all existing things will be transformed, to rise like smoke (assuming all things become one), or be dispersed in move from one unselfish act to another with God in mind. Only there, delight and stillness...when jarred, unavoidably, by circumstances, revert at once to yourself, and don't lose the rhythm more than you can help. You'll have a better grasp of the harmony if you keep going back to it.

Receive without conceit, release without struggle.

Though you break your heart, men will go on as before.

Accept whatever comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny, for what could more aptly fit your needs?

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

Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears

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.

The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.

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

If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.

If it is not right, do not do it; if it is not true, do not say it.

Our life is what our thoughts make it.

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

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

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.

Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.

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

Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou dost every act in life as though it were thy last.

The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.

Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.

Spend your brief moment according to nature’s law, and serenely greet the journey’s end as an olive falls when it is ripe, blessing the branch that bare it, and giving thanks to the tree that gave it life.

Pain is either an evil for the body - and if so, let the body state its case - or for the soul; but the soul can maintain its own unclouded calm, and refuse to view it as an evil.

No longer talk about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.

Nature is the nature of all things that are; things that are have a union with all things from the beginning.

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Roman Emperor, known for Stoic tome Meditations