The pomps and glories which he despised were all his; what to most men is an ambition or a dream, to him was a round of weary tasks which nothing but the stern sense of duty could carry him through. And he did his work well.

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

Profession: Soldier
Nationality: Roman

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Constantly think of the universe as one living creature, embracing one being and soul; how all is absorbed into the one consciousness of this living creature; how it compasses all things with a single purpose, and how all things work together to cause all that comes to pass, and their wonderful web and texture.

Look in, let not either the proper quality, or the true worth of anything pass thee, before thou hast fully it.

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

Each of us lives only now, in this brief instant. The rest of our life has been lived already, or is impossible to see because it lies in the unknowable future.

Do not look around to discover other people's ruling principles, but look straight to this, to what nature leads you, both the universal nature through which things happen to you, and your own nature through the acts which must be done by you.

To pursue the impossible is madness: but it is impossible for evil men not to do things of this sort.

Nothing is as encouraging as when virtues are visibly embodied in the people around us, when we're practically showered with them.

Adapt yourself to the life you have been given; and truly love the people with whom destiny has surrounded you.

IV. He that sinneth, sinneth unto himself. He that is unjust, hurts himself, in that he makes himself worse than he was before. Not he only that committeth, but he also that omitteth something, is oftentimes unjust.

Remember how long thou hast already put off these things, and how often a certain day and hour as it were, having been set unto thee by the gods, thou hast neglected it.

When men are inhuman, take care not to feel towards them as they do towards other humans.

Be like the cliff against which the waves continually break; but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it.

In no great while you will be no one and nowhere, and nothing that you now behold will be in existence, nor will anyone now alive. For it is in the nature of all things to change and alter and perish, so that others may arise in their turn.

For the present is the only thing of which a man can be deprived, if it is true that this is the only thing which he has, and that a man cannot lose a thing if he has it not.