Marcus Aurelius

121 - 180

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

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The constant recollection of death is the test of human conduct.

Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180)

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A Quote by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus on blessings, brevity, giving, journeys, laws, life, and nature

Spend your brief moment according to nature's law, and serenely greet the journey's end as an olive falls when it is ripe, blessing the branch that bare it, and giving thanks to the tree that gave it life.

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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A Quote by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus on contentment, learning, love, and trade

Love the little trade which thou hast learned, and be content therewith.

Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180)

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A Quote by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus on good

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You exist but as a part inherent in a greater whole. Do not live as though you had a thousand years before you. The common due impends; while you live, and while you may, be good.

Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180)

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