15 Quotes by Marcus Aurelius


Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor who ruled jointly with Lucius Verus and then later with his son, Commodus. He was the last of the so-called Five Good Emperors. Marcus Aurelius was a practitioner of Stoicism and his untitled writing, commonly known as Meditations, is regarded as a significant source of our modern understanding of ancient Stoic philosophy. It is considered by many commentators to be one of the greatest works of philosophy. Here are 15 quotes by Marcus Aurelius which will provide some insight into his own personal philosophy.

  1. Each day provides its own gifts. ~Marcus Aurelius
  2. Our life is what our thoughts make it. ~Marcus Aurelius
  3. A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions. ~Marcus Aurelius
  4. The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing. ~Marcus Aurelius
  5. Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears. ~Marcus Aurelius 
  6. Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. ~Marcus Aurelius
  7. 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
  8. It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. ~Marcus Aurelius
  9. Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. ~Marcus Aurelius
  10. 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
  11. You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. ~Marcus Aurelius
  12. That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees. ~Marcus Aurelius
  13. 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
  14. He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. ~Marcus Aurelius
  15. The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away. ~Marcus Aurelius

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