Marcus Aurelius quotes
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.
Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.
You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.
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.
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 Inspirational quotes ⇑
Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.
How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbour says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.
When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love ...
All Marcus Aurelius quotes ⇑
I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others.
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.
If it is not right- do not do it; if it is not true- do not say it.
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.
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.
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?
Most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you'll have more time, and more tranquillity. Ask yourself at every moment, 'Is this necessary?'
You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can't control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone.
Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.
Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future too.