Marcus Aurelius Quotes

Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look. -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

The happiness of those who want to be popular depends on others; the happiness of those who seek pleasure fluctuates with moods outside their control; but the happiness of the wise grows out of their own free acts. -Marcus Aurelius

Misfortune nobly born is good fortune. -Marcus Aurelius

What we cannot bear removes us from life; what remains can be borne. -Marcus Aurelius

But true good fortune is what you make for yourself. Good fortune: good character, good intentions, and good actions. -Marcus Aurelius

Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish. -Marcus Aurelius

Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. -Marcus Aurelius

is it your reputation that’s bothering you? But look at how soon we’re all forgotten. The abyss of endless time that swallows it all. The emptiness of those applauding hands. The people who praise us; how capricious they are, how arbitrary. And the tiny region it takes place. The whole earth a point in space – and most of it uninhabited. -Marcus Aurelius

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

Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it. -Marcus Aurelius

When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love. -Marcus Aurelius

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

The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts. -Marcus Aurelius

Our life is what our thoughts make it. -Marcus Aurelius

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

Death is a release from the impressions of the senses, and from desires that make us their puppets, and from the vagaries of the mind, and from the hard service of the flesh. -Marcus Aurelius

Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be. -Marcus Aurelius

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