Marcus Aurelius

121 - 180

A Quote by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus on fame

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All is ephemeral - fame and the famous as well.

Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180)

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A Quote by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus on art, honor, respect, soul, and worship

To them that ask: Where hast thou seen the Gods, or how knowest thou certainly that there be Gods, that thou art so devout in their worship? I answer: Neither have I seen my own soul, and yet I respect and honor it.

Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180)

Source: Meditations

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A Quote by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus on brevity, change, foolishness, future, life, nature, past, present, time, and universe

Think often of how swiftly all things pass away and are no more - the works of Nature and the works of man. The substance of the Universe, matter, is like unto a river that flows on forever. All things are not only in a constant state of change, but they are the cause of constant and infinite change in other things. Upon a narrow ledge thou standouts! Behind thee, the bottomless abyss of the Past! In front of thee, the Future that will swallow up all things that are now. Over what things, then, in this present life wilt thou, O foolish man, be disquieted or exalted - making thyself wretched; seeing that they can vex thee only for a time - a brief, brief time!

Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180)

Source: Meditations

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A Quote by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus on bitterness, body, evil, imagination, limits, mind, pain, power, serenity, soul, tranquility, world, and path

Is your cucumber bitter? Throw it away. Are there briars in your path? Turn aside. That is enough. Do not go on and say, "Why were things of this sort ever brought into this world?" neither intolerable nor everlasting - if thou bearest in mind that it has its limits, and if thou addest nothing to it in imagination. Pain is either an evil to the body (then let the body say what it thinks of it!)-or to the soul. But it is in the power of the soul to maintain its own serenity and tranquility. . . .

Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180)

Source: Meditations

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A Quote by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus on mind and reflection

Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already. Of the things you have, select the best: and then reflect how eagerly they would have been sought if you did not have them.

Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180)

Source: Meditations

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A Quote by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus on death and life

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The act of dying is one of the acts of life.

Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180)

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A Quote by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus on anger and consequences

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

Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180)

Source: Meditations

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A Quote by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus on anger, art, and life

When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man's life.

Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180)

Source: Meditations

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A Quote by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus on art, imitation, inferiority, and nature

No form of Nature is inferior to Art; for the arts merely imitate natural forms.

Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180)

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A Quote by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus on life

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How ridiculous and unrealistic is the man who is astonished at anything that happens in life.

Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180)

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