Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius (26 April 121 – 17 March 180 AD) was Emperor of Rome from 161 to 180. Marcus Aurelius was the last of the so-called Five Good Emperors. He was a practitioner of Stoicism, and his untitled writing, commonly known as Meditations, is a significant source of the modern understanding of ancient Stoic philosophy, and is considered by many commentators to be one of the greatest works of philosophy.

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One universe made up all that is, and one God in it all, and one principle of being, and one law, the reason shared by all thinking creatures, and one truth.

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.

Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.

Very little is needed to make a happy life, it is all within yourself in your way of thinking

A person's life is dyed with the color of his imagination.

If it is not right do not do it, if it is not true do not say it.

Some good, some so-so and lots plain bad: that's how a book of poems is made, my friend

How strangely men act. They will not praise those who are living at the same time and living with themselves, but to be themselves praised by posterity by those whom they have never seen or ever will see, this they set much value on.

Each day provides its own gifts

Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise.

To my great-grandfather I owed the advice to dispense with the education of the schools and have good masters at home instead - and to realize that no expense should be grudged for this purpose.

Life is a stranger's sojourn, a night at an inn.

'Tis easy to write epigrams nicely but to write a book is hard

When the blandishments of life are gone, the coward creeps to death - the brave lives on.

Gifts are like hooks.

Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.

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

Life is a warfare and a stranger's sojourn, and after fame is oblivion.

Good men make life a twofold span to last: Twice does he live who can enjoy his past.

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