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    Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Quotes

    Roman Emperor, A.D. 161-180

    Quotes by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

    • How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.
    • 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 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.
    • It is the act of a madman to pursue impossibilities.
    • Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.
    • Remember this-that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.
    • 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.
    • Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be. Become one yourself!
    • By a tranquil mind I mean nothing else than a mind well ordered.
    • How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.
    • In the morning, when you are sluggish about getting up, let this thought be present: 'I am rising to a man's work.'
    • Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.
    • Nothing happens to any thing which that thing is not made by nature to bear.
    • Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear.
    • The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
    • Think not disdainfully of death, but look on it with favor; for even death is one of the things that Nature wills.
    • Very little is needed to make a happy life.
    • Whatever is in any way beautiful hath its source of beauty in itself, and is complete in itself; praise forms no part of it. So it is none the worse nor the better for being praised.
    • You will find rest from vain fancies if you perform every act in life as though it were your last.
    • 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.
      Meditations, 200 A.D.
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