Marcus Aurelius

Ancient Rome
26 Apr 121 // 17 Mar 180
Roman Emperor


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You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long
You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength
Where a man can live, he can also live well
We are too much accustomed to attribute to a single cause that which is the product of several, and the majority of our controversies come from that
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
The universe is transformation; our life is what our thoughts make it
The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious
The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane
The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing
Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."