Marcus Aurelius Quotes

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

I have often wondered how it is everyone loves himself more than the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than the opinions of others. -Marcus Aurelius

Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life. -Marcus Aurelius

Take it that you have died today, and your life’s story is ended; and henceforward regard what further time may be given you as an un-covenanted surplus, and live it out in harmony with nature. -Marcus Aurelius

Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. -Marcus Aurelius

If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed. -Marcus Aurelius

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present. -Marcus Aurelius

Where a man can live, he can also live well. -Marcus Aurelius

Confine yourself to the present. -Marcus Aurelius

You are a little soul carrying about a corpse, as Epictetus used to say. -Marcus Aurelius

Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears. -Marcus Aurelius

If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it. -Marcus Aurelius

Accept whatever comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny, for what could more aptly fit your needs?” -Marcus Aurelius

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. -Marcus Aurelius

A person’s worth is measured by the worth of what he values. -Marcus Aurelius

I was once a fortunate man but at some point fortune abandoned me. -Marcus Aurelius

A man must stand erect, not be kept erect by others. -Marcus Aurelius

If any man despises me that is his problem. My only concern is not doing or saying anything deserving of contempt. -Marcus Aurelius

Humans have come into being for the sake of each other, so either teach them, or learn to bear them. -Marcus Aurelius

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. -Marcus Aurelius

Take full account of what Excellencies you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not. -Marcus Aurelius

Do not act as if you were going to live ten thousand years. Death hangs over you. While you live, while it is in your power, be good. -Marcus Aurelius

How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at anything which happens in life. -Marcus Aurelius

Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.

Love only what befalls you and is spun for you by fate.

Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that you shall live.

No longer talk at all about the kind of man that a good man ought to be, but be such

It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinions than our own.

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

Then something woke you, didn’t it? Was it a dream? What was it?

Amputate a man’s leg and he can still feel it tickling. Tell me, mum, when your little girl is on the slab, where will it tickle you?

Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else. -Marcus Aurelius

That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees. -Marcus Aurelius

Every man’s life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain. -Marcus Aurelius

“Do not act as if you had ten thousand years to throw away. Death stands at your elbow.
Be good for something while you live and it is in your power.” -Marcus Aurelius