Marcus Aurelius Quotes

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

The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer.

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.

Our life is what our thoughts make it.

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.

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.

A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.

 

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.

Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.

Confine yourself to the present.

Do every act of your life as if it were your last.

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.

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

Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.

A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions.

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

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live.

 

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

Marcus Aurelius

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