Quotes by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

'Let thine occupations be few,' saith the sage, 'if thou wouldst lead a tranquil life.'

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

A wrong-doer is often a man that has left something undone, not always he that has done something.

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All is ephemeral,--fame and the famous as well.

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As for life, it is a battle and a sojourning in a strange land but the fame that comes after is oblivion.

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As surgeons keep their instruments and knives always at hand for cases requiring immediate treatment, so shouldst thou have thy thoughts ready to understand things divine and human, remembering in thy every act, even the smallest, how close is the bond that unites the two.

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Be not as one that hath ten thousand years to live death is nigh at hand while thou livest, while thou hast time, be good.

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Be not careless in deeds, nor confused in words, nor rambling in thought.

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By a tranquil mind I mean nothing else than a mind well ordered.

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Deem not life a thing of consequence. For look at the yawning void of the future, and at that other limitless space, the past.

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Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it.... Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle.

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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.

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

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How ridiculous and unrealistic is the man who is astonished at anything that happens in life.

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If it is not seemly, do it not if it is not true, speak it not.

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If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.

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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.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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.

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In the morning, when you are sluggish about getting up, let this thought be present 'I am rising to a man's work.'

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It is the act of a madman to pursue impossibilities.

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Just as the sand-dunes, heaped one upon another, hide each the first, so in life the former deeds are quickly hidden by those that follow after.

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Look beneath the surface let not the several quality of a thing nor its worth escape thee.

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Look well into thyself there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.

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Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.

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Love the little trade which thou hast learned, and be content therewith.

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Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.

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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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No form of Nature is inferior to Art for the arts merely imitate natural forms.

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Nothing can come out of nothing, any more than a thing can go back to nothing.

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Nothing happens to any thing which that thing is not made by nature to bear.

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Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear.

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Remember that what pulls the strings is the force hidden within there lies the power to persuade, there the life,--there, if one must speak out, the real man.

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Remember this-that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.

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Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.

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That which comes after ever conforms to that which has gone before.

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The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing, in so far as it stands ready against the accidental and the unforeseen, and is not apt to fall.

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The happiness and unhappiness of the rational, social animal depends not on what he feels but on what he does just as his virtue and vice consist not in feeling but in doing.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Things that have a common quality ever quickly seek their kind.

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Think not disdainfully of death, but look on it with favor for even death is one of the things that Nature wills.

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This Being of mine, whatever it really is, consists of a little flesh, a little breath, and the part which governs.

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Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.

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Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.

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Very little is needed to make a happy life.

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

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Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be. Become one yourself

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Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be. Become one yourself!

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What is not good for the swarm is not good for the bee.

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Whatever happens it all happens as it should thou wilt find this true, if thou shouldst watch closely.

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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.

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You will find rest from vain fancies if you perform every act in life as though it were your last.

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The individual will always be a minority. If a man is in a minority of one, we lock him up.

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