Marcus Aurelius

Emperor of Rome; nephew and son-in-law and adoptive son of Antonius Pius; Stoic philosopher; the decline of the Roman Empire began under Marcus Aurelius (121-180)

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All is ephemeral--fame and the famous as well.
Be modest and simple in your deportment, and treat with indifference whatever lies between virtue and vice. Love the human race; obey God.
Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back.
Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else.
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
I have often wondered how it is everyone loves himself more than the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than the opinions of others.
If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.
Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours.
Nowhere can a man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.
Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.
Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.
Remember that what pulls the strings is the force hidden within; there lies the power to persuade, there the life -- there, if one must speak out, the real man.
The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing; the main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unseen attack.
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.
To live happily is an inward power of the soul.

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