Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Quotes

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Roman Emperor, A.D. 161-180 (121 AD - 180 AD)

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Our life is what our thoughts make it

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The universal order and the personal order are nothing but different expressions and manifestations of a common underlying principle.

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Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.

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What springs from earth dissolves to earth again, and heaven-born things fly to their native seat.

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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.

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Where life is possible at all, a right life is possible; life in a palace is possible; therefore even in a palace a right life is possible.

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A little flesh, a little breath, and a Reason to rule all - that is myself.

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To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.

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To stand up -- or be setup?

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A man does not sin by commission only, but often by ommission.

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A candour affected is a dagger concealed.

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

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You will find rest from vain fancies if you perform every act in life as though it were your last.

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Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.

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By a tranquil mind I mean nothing else than a mind well ordered.

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The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.

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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.

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Whatever is in any way beautiful hath its source of beauty in itself, and is complete in itself; praise forms no part of it. So it is none the worse nor the better for being praised.

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Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear.

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Very little is needed to make a happy life.

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Think not disdainfully of death, but look on it with favor; for even death is one of the things that Nature wills.

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Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.

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

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

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It is the act of a madman to pursue impossibilities.

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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.

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Remember this-that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.

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Nothing happens to any thing which that thing is not made by nature to bear.

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Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.

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All is ephemeral--fame and the famous as well.

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

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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.

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

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Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.

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Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back.

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Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be. Become one yourself!

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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.

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To live happily is an inward power of the soul.

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It is a sin to persue pleasure as a good and to avoid pain as a evil.

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The sinners sins against himself; the wrongdoer wrongs himself, becoming the worse by his own action.

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A man does not sin by commission only, but often by omission.

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Erase fancy; curb impulse; quench desire; let sovereign reason have the mastery.

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Virtue they will but abuse, and taunt her with bitter revilling.

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

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How ridiculous and unrealistic is the man who is astonished at anything that happens in life.

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How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.

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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.

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

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