Marcus Aurelius Quotes and Inspirational Sayings

Marcus Aurelius Quotes

Quotes from Marcus Aurelius on Various Topics

Marcus Aurelius lived in the second century, in the years 121 – 180 AD. He became the Emperor of the Roman Empire and ruled for nearly two decades, until his death in 180 AD.

Marcus Aurelius is known for his philosophical interests and his intellectual interest in Stoicism. He was one of the most respected emperors in Roman history.

Marcus Aurelius known work is “Meditations”. The original title of this work was “To Himself”. It is a work on self-discipline, personal ethics, humility and strength. You will find some of his wise and inspirational quotations from this work, here, on this page.

Quote by Marcus Aurelius on being a good person:
“Don’t go on discussing what a good person should be. Just be one.”

Quote by Marcus Aurelius on happiness:
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.”

Marcus Aurelius Quotes from Meditations

“We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne.”

“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.”

Be Tolerant with Others

“Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself.”

“The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.”

“The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.”

“How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.”

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“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”

The Best Answer to Anger Is Silence

“The best answer to anger is silence.”

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts; therefore guard accordingly.”

“It is not events that disturb people, it is their judgement concerning them.”

“Regain your senses, call yourself back, and once again wake up. Now that you realize that only dreams were troubling you, view this ‘reality’ as you view your dreams.”

“Accept whatever comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny, for what could more aptly fit your needs?”

“Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.”

“Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.”

“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love…”

“Receive without conceit, release without struggle.”

Right and true

“If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.”

“Since the greatest part of what we say and do is unnecessary, dispensing with such activities affords a man more leisure and less uneasiness.”

“It is just charming how people boast about qualities beyond their control. For instance, ‘I am better than you because I have many estates, while you are practically starving’; or, ‘I’m a consul,’ ‘I’m a governor,’ or ‘I have fine curly hair.'”

“Begin – to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.”

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“Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.”

Look Within - Marcus Aurelius

“Look within, for within is the wellspring of virtue, which will not cease flowing, if you cease not from digging.”

“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.”

“To do harm is to do yourself harm. To do an injustice is to do yourself an injustice.”

“To live happily is an inward power of the soul.”

“Let it be your constant method to look into the design of people’s actions, and see what they would be at, as often as it is practicable; and to make this custom the more significant, practice it first upon yourself.”

“Consider that everything is opinion, and opinion is in your power. Take away then, when you choose, your opinion, and like a mariner who has rounded the headland, you will find calm, everything stable, and a waveless bay.”

“I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than on the opinions of others.”

“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.”

“A man’s worth is no greater than the worth of his ambitions.”

Quotes by Marcus Aurelius about Life


“When someone is properly grounded in life, they shouldn’t have to look outside themselves for approval.”

“Where a man can live, he can also live well.”

“The art of life is more like the wrestler’s art than the dancer’s, in respect of this, that it should stand ready and firm to meet onsets that are sudden and unexpected.”

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

Happy Life

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”

“Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.”

“That which is really beautiful has no need of anything; not more than law, not more than truth, not more than benevolence or modesty.”

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Quotes by Marcus Aurelius about Discipline

“We should discipline ourselves in small things, and from there progress to things of greater value. If you have a headache, practice not cursing. Don’t curse every time you have an earache. And I’m not saying that you can’t complain, only don’t complain with your whole being.”

Yes, you can – if you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in life, and stop being aimless, stop letting your emotions override what your mind tells you, stop being hypocritical, self-centered, irritable.”

Good Man Quote

“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”

“If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.”

Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?”

“Here is a rule to remember in future, when anything tempts you to feel bitter: not “This is misfortune,” but “To bear this worthily is good fortune.”

“A man must stand erect, not be kept erect by others.”

Marcus Aurelius Quotes about Strength

“Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.”

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

“Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear.”

“Do not think that what is hard for you to master is humanly impossible; and if it is humanly possible, consider it to be within your reach.”

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