This that I am, whatever it be, is mere flesh and a little breath and the ruling Reason.

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

Profession: Soldier
Nationality: Roman

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With respect to pain, then, and pleasure, or death and life, or honour and dishonour, which the universal nature employs equally, whoever is not equally affected is manifestly acting impiously.

Though you break your heart, men will go on as before.

Note that everything that happens, happens justly, and if you observe carefully, you will find it to be so, not only with respect to the continuity of the series of things, but with respect to what is just, as if it were done by one who assigns to each thing its value.

Our thoughts is what our life make it.

The Stoic makes no differentiation between a small act of kindness by a simple person and a great act of virtue from a learned sage. Virtue is virtue, and in both cases the result is happiness for the one who is virtuous.

You should always look on human life as short and cheap. Yesterday sperm: tomorrow a mummy or ashes.

It is royal to do good and to be abused.

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts; therefore guard accordingly.

Sixth, consider when thou art much vexed or grieved, that man's life is only a moment, and after a short time we are all laid out dead.

If you are distressed about anything, the pain is not one to the thing but to your own estimate to it.

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

Which thou shalt do; if thou shalt go about every action as thy last action, free from all vanity, all passionate and wilful aberration from reason, and from all hypocrisy, and self-love, and dislike of those things, which by the fates or appointment of God have happened unto thee.

You have grown beyond supposing such actions to be either good or bad, and therefore it will be so much the easier to be tolerant of another's blindness.

One is a careful distinction between things which are in our power and things which are not. Desire and dislike, opinion and affection, are within the power of the will. whereas health, wealth, honour, and other such are generally not so. The Stoic was called upon to control his desires and affections, and to guide his opinion.