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Marcus Aurelius

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Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius (Latin: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus; Rome, 26 April 121 AD - Vindobona or Sirmium, 17 March 180 AD) was a Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus' death in 169. He was the last of the Five Good Emperors, and is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers. Marcus Aurelius' Stoic tome Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, is still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and preserve equanimity in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration.

Thursday Feb 28, 2019

Marcus Aurelius: Think of the precious privileges we have

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.

Monday Mar 12, 2018

Marcus Aurelius: Mind what you do and say

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

Thursday Mar 8, 2018

Marcus Aurelius: Dig within

Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.

Friday Aug 25, 2017

Marcus Aurelius: A quieter retreat

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

Friday Dec 4, 2015

Marcus Aurelius: The stars

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

Wednesday Oct 14, 2015

Marcus Aurelius: Opinions and perspectives

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

Wednesday Sep 30, 2015

Marcus Aurelius: Think of your own faults

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?

Wednesday Sep 23, 2015

Marcus Aurelius: The power over your mind

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

Wednesday May 27, 2015

Marcus Aurelius: Our thoughts

Our life is what our thoughts make it.

Wednesday Dec 10, 2014

Marcus Aurelius: Reducing pain

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it;  and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.

Wednesday Dec 3, 2014

Marcus Aurelius: Gain time

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

Wednesday Nov 12, 2014

Marcus Aurelius: Two rules

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.

Wednesday Oct 22, 2014

Marcus Aurelius: Use the power over your mind

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

Wednesday Oct 15, 2014

Marcus Aurelius: A good man

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

Wednesday Oct 8, 2014

Marcus Aurelius: Anger

How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.

Wednesday Jun 18, 2014

Marcus Aurelius: Happiness and thoughts

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.

Wednesday Apr 30, 2014

Marcus Aurelius: A happy life

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

Friday Mar 7, 2014

Marcus Aurelius: Happiness and thoughts

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.