Marcus Aurelius Love Quotes and Sayings
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (26 April 121 – 17 March 180) was Roman emperor from 161 to his death in 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Lucius’ death in 169. He was the last of the “Five Good Emperors”, and is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers. His tenure was marked by wars in Asia against a revitalized Parthian Empire, and with Germanic tribes along the Limes Germanicus into Gaul and across the Danube. A revolt in the East, led by Avidius Cassius who previously fought under Lucius Verus against the Parthians, failed.
Marcus Aurelius’ work Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, is still revered as a literary monument to a government of service and duty.
Sayings by Marcus Aurelius
1. Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.
2. Begin – to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.
3. Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
4. He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.
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.”
6. How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.
7. 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.
8. Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.
9. Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.
10. 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.
11. The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away.
12. Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
13. Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
14. 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.
15. You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
16. Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.
17. Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.
18. If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.
19. Here is a rule to remember in future, when anything tempts you to feel bitter: not”This is misfortune,” but “To bear this worthily is good fortune.
20. Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.
21. Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life.
22. Humans have come into being for the sake of each other, so either teach them, or learn to bear them.
23. Do what you will. Even if you tear yourself apart, most people will continue doing the same things.
24. What we do now echoes in eternity.
25. Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?
26. If any man despises me, that is his problem. My only concern is not doing or saying anything deserving of contempt.
27. Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.