Top 50 Best Inspiring Marcus Aurelius Quotes

Status of Marcus Aurelius

 Marcus Aurelius Quotes: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was a Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher. He was the last of the rulers known as the Five Good Emperors, and the last emperor of the Pax Romana, an age of relative peace and stability for the Roman Empire. He served as Roman consul in 140, 145, and 161

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How did Marcus Aurelius become emperor?

When Marcus Aurelius was 17 years of age, his uncle became the emperor Antoninus Pius (reigned 138–161) and adopted him and another young man as his successors. Marcus had a long apprenticeship at the side of Antoninus, learning the business of government and assuming public roles, before peacefully assuming power upon Antoninus’s death.

What did Marcus Aurelius write?

Marcus Aurelius wrote the Meditations, his reflections in the middle of campaigning and administration.

Our Favorite Marcus Aurelius Quotes

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

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

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

“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.”

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

“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 privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love ...”

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

“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.”

“The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.”

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”

“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.”

“If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.”


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

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

“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 opinion of himself than on the opinion of others.”

“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?”

“The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.”

“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.”

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

“When another blames you or hates you, or people voice similar criticisms, go to their souls, penetrate inside and see what sort of people they are. You will realize that there is no need to be racked with anxiety that they should hold any particular opinion about you.”

“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 more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.”

“Do not act as if you were going to live ten thousand years. Death hangs over you. While you live, while it is in your power, be good.”

“Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness – all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good or evil.”

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

“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.”


“You are a little soul carrying about a corpse, as Epictetus used to say.”

“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.”

“Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now, take what's left and live it properly. What doesn't transmit light creates its own darkness.”

“Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life.”

“Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.”

“You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can't control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone.”

“Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future too.”

“For it is in your power to retire into yourself whenever you choose.”

“Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretence.”

“Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.”

“The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.”

“Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.”

“Humans have come into being for the sake of each other, so either teach them, or learn to bear them.”

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

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”

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

“Receive without conceit, release without struggle.”

“It is in your power to withdraw yourself whenever you desire. Perfect tranquility within consists in the good ordering of the mind, the realm of your own.”

“Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.”

“How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at anything which happens in life”

“Whatever anyone does or says, I must be emerald and keep my colour.”

“If any man despises me, that is his problem. My only concern is not doing or saying anything deserving of contempt.”