The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

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.

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.

 image quote by Atticus

I hope to arrive to my death, late, in love and a little drunk.

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

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?

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.

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

To fall in love with God is the greatest romance;

to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.

A Christian is: a mind through which Christ thinks, a heart through which Christ loves, a voice through which Christ speaks, and a hand through which Christ helps.

 image quote by Marcus Aurelius

The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.

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

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?'

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.

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

Take care of your body as if you were going to live forever;

and take care of your soul as if you were going to die tomorrow.

The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.

 image quote by Marcus Aurelius

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new strategy.

Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.

What we do in life ripples in eternity.

Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.

Though liberty is established by law, we must be vigilant, for liberty to enslave us is always present under that very liberty. Our Constitution speaks of the "general welfare of the people." Under that phrase all sorts of excesses can be employed by lusting tyrants to make us bondsmen.

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What good are wings withou the courage to fly.

Cowards die many times before their actual deaths

Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.

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.

A nation can survive its fools, even the ambitious.

But it cannot survive treason from within....for the traitor appears not to be a traitor...he rots the soul of a nation...he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.

The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.

Poor is the nation that has no heroes, but poorer still is the nation that having heroes, fails to remember and honor them.

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It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence.

It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.

Waste no more time arguing about what a good person should be. Be one.

The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts.

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others.

It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.

One of the recurring themes in Marcus' handbook is leadership's responsibility to work intelligently with what it is given and not waste time fantasizing about a world of flawless people and perfect choices.

 image quote by Ovid

Habits change into character.

I came, I saw, I conquered.

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.

If someone can prove me wrong and show me my mistake in any thought or action, I shall gladly change. I seek the truth, which never harmed anyone: the harm is to persist in one's own self-deception and ignorance.

It's not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It's because we dare not venture that they are difficult.

Our anger and annoyance are more detrimental to us than the things themselves which anger or annoy us.

It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.

 image quote by Marcus Aurelius

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

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.

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

Read at every wait; read at all hours; read within leisure; read in times of labor; read as one goes in; read as one goest out. The task of the educated mind is simply put: read to lead.

Our life is what our thoughts make it.

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.

We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.

 image quote by Julius Caesar

It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.

The Jews belong to a dark and repulsive force.

One knows how numerous this clique is, how they stick together and what power they exercise through their unions. They are a nation of rascals and deceivers.

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.