It stares you in the face. No role is so well suited to philosophy as the one you happen to be in right now.

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

Profession: Soldier
Nationality: Roman

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My city and my country, as I am Antoninus, is Rome; as I am a man, it is the world.

No man is happy who does not think himself so.

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.

He who has seen the present has seen everything, that which happened in the most distant past and that which will happen in the future.

It is ridiculous not to escape from one's own vices, which is possible, while trying to escape the vices of others, which is impossible.

Do external things distract you? Then make time for yourself to learn something worthwhile; stop letting yourself be pulled in all directions. But make sure you guard against the other kind of confusion. People who labor all their lives but have no purpose to direct every thought and impulse toward are wasting their time—even when hard at work.

Everything has come into being for a purpose - a horse, say, a vine. Does this surprise you? Even the sun will say, 'I came into being for a purpose': likewise the other gods. For what purpose, then, were you created? For your pleasure? Just see whether this idea can be entertained.

Beautiful things of any kind are beautiful in themselves and sufficient to themselves. Praise is extraneous. The object of praise remains what it was—no better and no worse.

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

He who loves fame considers another man's activity to be his own good; and he who loves pleasure, his own sensations; but he who has understanding, considers his own acts to be his own good.

It's time you realized that you have something in you more powerful and miraculous than the things that affect you and make you dance like a puppet.

Death is a cessation of the impressions through the senses, and of the pulling of the strings that move the appetites, and of the discursive movements of the thoughts, and of the service to the flesh.

If it doesn't harm your character, how can it harm your life?

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.