46 Powerful Quotes From Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher. He was the last of the rulers known as the Five Good Emperors.

Below are his best quotes revolving around the subjects of life, love, death, anger, politics, stoicism and much more.

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Receive wealth or prosperity without arrogance; and be ready to let it go.
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Pleasures, when they go beyond a certain limit, are but punishments.
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You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realise this, and you will find strength.
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Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
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Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.
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That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees.
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The best answer to anger is silence.
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You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realise this, and you will find strength.
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Today I escaped anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own perceptions – not outside.
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The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.
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The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.
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Concentrate on what you have to do. Fix your eyes on it. Remind yourself that your task is to be a good human being; remind yourself what nature demands of people. Then do it, without hesitation, and speak the truth as you see it. But with kindness. With humility. Without hypocrisy.
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The more we value things outside our control, the less control we have.
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Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
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The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
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A man when he has done a good act, does not call out for others to come and see, but he goes on to another act, as a vine goes on to produce again the grapes in season.
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It is not events that disturb people, it is their judgements concerning them.
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Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
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Receive without conceit, release without struggle.
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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.
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If it’s not right, don’t do it. If it’s not true, don’t say it.
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‘I will throw you into prison.’ Correction – it is my body you will throw there.
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To love only what happens, what was destined. No greater harmony.
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Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back.
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Confine yourself to the present.
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To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution.
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Remember: Matter. How tiny your share of it. Time. How brief and fleeting your allotment of it. Fate. How small a role you play in it.
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The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.
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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.
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Is any man afraid of change? What can take place without change? What then is more pleasing or more suitable to the universal nature? And can you take a hot bath unless the wood for the fire undergoes a change? And can you be nourished unless the food undergoes a change? And can anything else that is useful be accomplished without change? Do you not see then that for yourself also to change is just the same, and equally necessary for the universal nature?
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Don’t be anxious. Nature controls it all.
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Whatever happens to you has been waiting to happen since the beginning of time.
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Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself.
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You’re subject to sorrow, fear, jealousy, anger and inconsistency. That’s the real reason you should admit that you are not wise.
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It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinions than our own.
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The true man is revealed in difficult times. So when trouble comes, think of yourself as a wrestler whom God, like a trainer, has paired with a tough young buck. For what purpose? To turn you into Olympic-class material. But this is going to take some sweat to accomplish.
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Death and life, success and failure, pain and pleasure, wealth and poverty, all these happen to good and bad alike, and they are neither noble nor shameful – and hence neither good nor bad.
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A boxer derives the greatest advantage from his sparring partner – and my accuser is my sparring partner. He trains me in patience, civility and even temper.
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How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at anything which happens in life.
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So I look for the best and am prepared for the opposite.
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When someone is properly grounded in life, they shouldn’t have to look outside themselves for approval.
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Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.
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People with a strong physical constitution can tolerate extremes of hot and cold; people of strong mental health can handle anger, grief, joy and the other emotions.
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Receive without pride, let go without attachment.
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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
Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear.
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