Marcus Aurelius

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


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A Man Cannot Lose Either the Past or the Future (11)

Though thou shouldest be going to live three thousand years and as many times ten thousand years, still remember that no man loses any other life than this which he now lives, nor lives any other tha...

Attend to the Daemon Within You (12)

Nothing is more wretched than a man who traverses everything in a round, and pries into the things beneath the earth, as the poet (Pindar) says, and seeks by conjecture what is in the minds of his ne...

How Quickly All Things Disappear (13)

How quickly all things disappear - in the universe the bodies themselves, but in time the remembrance of them. What is the nature of all sensible things, and particularly those which attract with the...
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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."