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Marcus Aurelius Quotes

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Marcus Aurelius
April 26, 121 - March 17, 180
Nationality: Roman
Category: Soldier
Subcategory: Roman Soldier

There is nothing happens to any person but what was in his power to go through with.


A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.


Men exist for the sake of one another.


Our life is what our thoughts make it.


To understand the true quality of people, you must look into their minds, and examine their pursuits and aversions.


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

    Topics: Education

Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live.


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.

    Topics: Life

What springs from earth dissolves to earth again, and heaven-born things fly to their native seat.


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


Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.


The act of dying is one of the acts of life.


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


The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.


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


The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.


Be content to seem what you really are.


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


Death is a release from the impressions of the senses, and from desires that make us their puppets, and from the vagaries of the mind, and from the hard service of the flesh.

    Topics: Death

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.


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