Marcus Aurelius Quotes


And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last.
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.
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.
Never esteem anything as of advantage to thee that shall make thee break thy word or lose thy self-respect.
We are born for co-operation, as are the feet, the hands, the eyelids and the upper and lower jaws.
We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the luck of those we don't like?
If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.
The man who doesn't know what the universe is doesn't know where he lives.
One can live well even in a palace.
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.
Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.
If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts; if we begin with doubts, and are patient, we shall end in certainties.
Think of the totality of all Being, and what a mite of it is yours; think of all Time, and the brief fleeting instant of it that is allotted to yourself; think of Destiny, and how puny a part of it you are.

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