It is not death that a man should fear, but rather he should fear never beginning to live.

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

Profession: Soldier
Nationality: Roman

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About what am I now employing my own soul? On every occasion I must ask myself this question, and inquire, What have I now in this part of me which they call the ruling principle? and whose soul have I now,—that of a child, or of a young man, or of a feeble woman, or of a tyrant, or of a domestic animal, or of a wild beast?

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.

It is in your own power to maintain the beauty of your soul, or to be a decent human being.

The freedom to do only what God wants, and accept whatever God sends us.

From my Great-grandfather, not to have frequented public schools, and to have had good teachers at home, and to know that on such things a man should spend liberally.

So other people hurt me? That's their problem. Their character and actions are not mine.

All is ephemeral, both what remembers and what is remembered.

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.

All things of the body stream away like a river, all things of the mind are dreams and delusion; life is warfare, and a visit to a strange land; the only lasting fame is oblivion.

The best revenge is not to do as they do.

Today I escaped all circumstance, or rather I cast out all circumstance, for it was not outside me, but within my judgements.

Of all existing things some are in our power, and others are not in our power.

If they've made a mistake, correct them gently and show them where they went wrong. If you can't do that, then the blame lies with you. Or no one.

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