Quotes by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus


Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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

That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
A man should be upright, not be kept upright.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
A man's worth is no greater than his ambitions.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
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.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that you shall live.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Anger cannot be dishonest.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
As the same fire assumes different shapes When it consumes objects differing in shape, So does the one Self take the shape Of every creature in whom he is present.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
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.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Begin - to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Death is a release from the impressions of the senses, and from desires that make us their puppets, and from the vagaries of the mind, and from the hard service of the flesh.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Do every act of your life as if it were your last.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Each thing is of like form from everlasting and comes round again in its cycle.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus