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

Marcus Aurelius on strength
502

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.

Marcus Aurelius on happiness
259

The things you think about determine the quality of your mind.

Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts.

Marcus Aurelius on mind
243

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

Marcus Aurelius on perfection
241

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.

Marcus Aurelius on love
232

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

Marcus Aurelius on fidelity
224
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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.

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.

Marcus Aurelius on attitude
217

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.

Marcus Aurelius on morning
205

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

Marcus Aurelius on thought
199

If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.

Marcus Aurelius on integrity
187

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.

Marcus Aurelius on harmony
184

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

Marcus Aurelius on death
177
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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.

About Marcus Aurelius

Name Marcus Aurelius
Quotes 113 quotations
Nationality Roman
Profession Emperor
Birthday April 26, 121 AD
About Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (often referred to as "the wise") was Emperor of the Roman Empire from 161 to his death in 180. He was the last of the "Five Good Emperors", and is also considered one of the more important Stoic philosophers. His two decades as emperor were marked by near continual warfare.
Top topics life, nature, live, mind, soul

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

Marcus Aurelius on happiness
174

The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.

Marcus Aurelius on revenge
158

A man's life is what his thoughts make of it.

Marcus Aurelius on life
114

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

Marcus Aurelius on truth
94

The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away.

Marcus Aurelius on wealth
84

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

Marcus Aurelius on anger
84
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Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new strategy.

Your life is what your thoughts make it.

Marcus Aurelius on life
66

The wise man sees in the misfortune of others what he should avoid.

Marcus Aurelius on wisdom
55

Do every act of your life as if it were your last.

Marcus Aurelius on actions
34

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 on future
24

Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you.

Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours.

Marcus Aurelius on goodness
22

Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.

Marcus Aurelius on evil
20
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The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.

Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.

Marcus Aurelius on satisfaction
16

Every man's life lies within the present;

for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain.

Marcus Aurelius on concentration
16

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

Marcus Aurelius on endurance
16

Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.

Marcus Aurelius on actions
14

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

Marcus Aurelius on opinion
13

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 on respect
13
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You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this and you will find strength.

The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.

Marcus Aurelius on color
13

Where a man can live, he can also live well.

Marcus Aurelius on enjoyment
12

Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.

Marcus Aurelius on loss
12

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.

Marcus Aurelius on life
11

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.

Marcus Aurelius on escape
10

The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer.

Marcus Aurelius on compared
8
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Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

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

Marcus Aurelius on conservation
8

To live happily is an inward power of the soul.

Marcus Aurelius on soul
7

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

Marcus Aurelius on fear
7

Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.

Marcus Aurelius on fate
6

What we cannot bear removes us from life; what remains can be borne.

Marcus Aurelius on philosophy
5

Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.

Marcus Aurelius on insults
5

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 on judging
5

Men exist for the sake of one another.

Marcus Aurelius on men
5

Our life is what our thoughts make it.

Marcus Aurelius on life
5

Here is the rule to remember in the future, When anything tempts you to be bitter: not, 'This is a misfortune' but 'To bear this worthily is good fortune.'

Marcus Aurelius on bear
5

A man should be upright, not be kept upright.

Marcus Aurelius on integrity
4

Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.

Marcus Aurelius on inspirational
4

Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.

Marcus Aurelius on actions
4

Poverty is the mother of crime.

Marcus Aurelius on crime
4