Marcus Aurelius, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus

Aurelius, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus

Roman Emperor, known for Stoic tome Meditations

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Man is born for deeds of kindness.

It is a shameful thing for the soul to faint while the body still perseveres.

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

Here is a rule to remember in the future, when anything tempts you to feel bitter: not, “This is a misfortune,” but “To bear this worthily is good fortune.”

For nowhere can a mind find a retreat more full of peace or more free from care than his own soul.

Cease not to think of the Universe as one living Being, possessed of a single Substance and a single soul.

We are made for cooperation, like feet, like hands, like eyelids, like the rows of the upper and lower teeth. To act against one another then is contrary to nature.

The time of human life is but a point, and the substance is a flux, and its perceptions dull, and the composition of the body corruptible, and the soul a whirl, and fortune inscrutable, and fame a senseless thing…. What then is there which can guide a man? One thing and only one, philosophy.

The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject.

Poverty is the mother of crime.

Let every action aim solely at the common good.

If you work at that which is before you, following right reason seriously, vigorously, calmly without allowing anything else to distract you, but keeping your divine part pure, as if you might be bound to give it back immediately; if you hold to this, expecting nothing, fearing nothing, but satisfied with your present activity according to nature . . . you will be happy. And there is no man who is able to prevent this.

Every part of me will be reduced by change into some part of the universe, and that again will change into another part of the universe, and so on, forever. And by consequence of such a change, I too exist, and those who begot me, and so on forever in the other direction.

All things are implicated with one another, and the bond is holy; and there is hardly anything unconnected with any other things. For things have been coordinated, and they combine to make up the same universe.

A man makes no noise over a good deed, but passes on to another as a vine to bear grapes again in season.

One universe made up of all that is; and one God in it all, and one principle of being, and one law, the reason shared by all thinking creatures, and one truth.

Philosophy... consists in keeping the demon within a man free from violence and unharmed, superior to pains and pleasures, doing nothing without a purpose, nor feeling the need of another man’s doing or not doing anything; and besides, accepting all that happens, and all that is allotted, as coming from thence, wherever it is, from whence he himself came; and, finally, waiting for death with a cheerful mind.

Remember that the sole life which a man can lose is that which he is living at the moment.

Remember this, that very little is needed to make a happy life.

Some things are hurrying into existence, and others are hurrying out of it; and of that which is coming into existence part is already extinguished. Motions and changes are continually renewing the world, just as the uninterrupted course of time is always renewing the infinite duration of ages. In this flowing stream, then on which there is no abiding, what is there of the things which hurry by on which a man would set a high price? It would be just as if a man should fall in love with one of the sparrows, which fly by, but it has already passed out of sight.

The act of dying is also one of the acts of life.

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 happiness of a man is to do the true work of a man.

The passing minute is every man's equal possession, but what has once gone by is not ours.

This is a property of the rational soul, love of one’s neighbor, and truth and modesty, and to value nothing more than itself, which is also the property of Law. Thus then right reason differs not at all from the reason of justice.

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Roman Emperor, known for Stoic tome Meditations