Marcus Aurelius Quotes

Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize? -Marcus Aurelius


When another blames you or hates you, or people voice similar criticisms, go to their souls, penetrate inside and see what sort of people they are. You will realize that there is no need to be racked with anxiety that they should hold any particular opinion about you. -Marcus Aurelius


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


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. -Marcus Aurelius


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. -Marcus Aurelius


If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgement of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgement now. -Marcus Aurelius


The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing; the main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unseen attack. -Marcus Aurelius


How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbour says or does or thinks. -Marcus Aurelius


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. -Marcus Aurelius


Do not waste what remains of your life in speculating about your neighbours, unless with a view to some mutual benefit. To wonder what so-and-so is doing and why, or what he is saying, or thinking, or scheming—in a word, anything that distracts you from fidelity to the ruler within you—means a loss of opportunity for some other task. -Marcus Aurelius


How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.” -Marcus Aurelius


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. -Marcus Aurelius


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


If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. -Marcus Aurelius


A man should be upright, not be kept upright. -Marcus Aurelius


Men exist for the sake of one another. -Marcus Aurelius


Your life is what your thoughts make it. -Marcus Aurelius


Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already. -Marcus Aurelius


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


Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature’s delight. -Marcus Aurelius

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