Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

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

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

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

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.

To live happily is an inward power of the soul.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

It is the act of a madman to pursue impossibilities.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.

To stand up -- or be setup?

A candour affected is a dagger concealed.

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

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

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