Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) was a Roman Emperor and a Stoic philosopher. Marcus was influenced by the writings of Epictetus and believed the Stoic idea that all events in the universe will recur in future world cycles. The Meditations; a series of personal writings by Marcus was written without any intention of publication but is considered a literary monument to the Stoic philosophy.

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

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

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

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

Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back.

The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.

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.

Marcus Aurelius wrote ‘Meditations,’ which provides short aphorisms of wisdom and advice.

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