Marcus Aurelius Quotes (150 Quotes)


    Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.

    If you want him to mourn, you had best leave him nothing

    Your face is black, your hair like flame, And one eye's damaged, one foot lame If, still, you're quite decent chap - Well 'tis a feather in your cap

    Shame on the soul, to falter on the road of life while the body yet endures

    As for literature, thefts cannot harm it, while the lapse of ages augments its value


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

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

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

    You wish to appear, Cotta, a pretty man and a great man at one and the same time but he who is a pretty man, Cotta, is a very small man

    Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.

    Begin - to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.

    The guest at the lower end of the middle couch, with three hairs on his bald head and his scalp streaked with pigment, who is digging in his big mouth with a toothpick, is a fraud, Aefulanus, He has no teeth.

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

    Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.

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

    Since you are so well matched, and so much alike - a very bad wife, and a very bad husband - I wonder that you do not agree.

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


    Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else.

    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 opinions of himself than on the opinions of others.

    You may send poetry to the rich to poor men give substantial presents

    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."

    Maro, you' give me nothing while you live, but, after death, you cry, then, you'll give If thou art not indeed turned arrant ass, Thou know'st what I desire to come to pass


    Tomorrow is nothing, today is too late; the good lived yesterday.

    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.

    I could do without your face, Chloe, and without your neck, and your hands, and your limbs, and to save myself the trouble of mentioning the points in detail, I could do without you altogether

    Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.

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

    If all men cannot be brought to the same opinion on morals and religion, it is at least worthwhile to give them good reasons for as much as they can be persuaded to accept


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