27 Timeless Wise Quotes and Sayings from Marcus Aurelius

27 Timeless Wise Quotes and Sayings from Marcus Aurelius

The best answer to anger is silence.

The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.

Remember: Matter. How tiny your share of it. Time. How brief and fleeting your allotment of it. Fate. How small a role you play in it.

Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself.

The first step: Don’t be anxious. Nature controls it all.

The second step: Concentrate on what you have to do. Fix your eyes on it. Remind yourself that your task is to be a good human being; remind yourself what nature demands of people. Then do it, without hesitation, and speak the truth as you see it. But with kindness. With humility. Without hypocrisy.

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

True good fortune is what you make for yourself. Good fortune: good character, good intentions, good actions.

Almost nothing material is needed for a happy life, for he who has understood existence. 

Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.

If it’s not right, don’t do it. If it’s not true, don’t say it.

You have to assemble your life yourself‚ action by action.

Nothing happens to anyone that he can’t endure.

Poverty is the mother of crime.

If you learn that someone is speaking ill of you, don’t try to defend yourself against the rumours; respond instead with, ‘Yes, and he doesn’t know the half of it, because he could have said more’.

To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution.

The universe is transformation: life is opinion. 

A person’s worth is measured by the worth of what he values.

Life is short. That’s all there is to say. Get what you can from the present – thoughtfully, justly.

The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

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

The man who spends his time choosing one resort after another in a hunt for peace and quiet, will in every place he visits find something to prevent him from relaxing.

Whatever the universal nature assigns to any man at any time is for the good of that man at that time.

It is in no man’s power to have whatever he wants; but he has it in his power not to wish for what he hasn’t got, and cheerfully make the most of the things that do come his way.

Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be. 

Doing your job, without whining.

Turn your desire to stone. Quench your appetites. Keep your mind centered on itself.

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