Quotations The Best Marcus Aurelius Quotes  

1.6k votes 439 voters 41k views 51 items

List Rules Must be a famous or well-known quote. If a quote is cut off you can hover over the text to see the full quote.

A list of the best Marcus Aurelius quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Marcus Aurelius quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Marcus Aurelius quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Marcus Aurelius should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Marcus Aurelius quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Marcus Aurelius quotes?" and "What is the most famous Marcus Aurelius quote?"

You can see what subjects these historic Marcus Aurelius quotes fall under displayed to the right of the quote. Be sure to vote so your favorite Marcus Aurelius saying won't fall to the bottom of the list.
list ordered by

60 2
Confine yourself to the present Marcus Aurelius

69 3
If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it. Marcus Aurelius

93 5
Your life is what your thoughts make it. Marcus Aurelius

49 2
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. Marcus Aurelius

79 5
He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. Marcus Aurelius

45 2
Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight. Marcus Aurelius

55 3
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. Marcus Aurelius

29 1
I have often wondered how it is everyone loves himself more than the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than the opinions of others. Marcus Aurelius

84 8
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. Marcus Aurelius

57 4
Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already. Marcus Aurelius

56 4
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it. Marcus Aurelius

15 0
melsomers added "Take it that you have died today, and your life's story is ended; and henceforward regard what further time may be given you as an uncovenanted surplus, and live it out in harmony with nature." Auther Marcus Aurelius, Book Seven, 56.

53 4
Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life. Marcus Aurelius

26 1
The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing; the main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unseen attack. Marcus Aurelius

56 5
Every man's life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain. Marcus Aurelius

24 1
The wise man sees in the misfortune of others what he should avoid. Marcus Aurelius

23 1
Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last. Marcus Aurelius

23 1
A man's life is what his thoughts make of it. Marcus Aurelius

37 3
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

42 4
Do every act of your life as if it were your last. Marcus Aurelius

12 0
Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live. Marcus Aurelius

29 2
Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours. Marcus Aurelius

28 2
To live happily is an inward power of the soul. Marcus Aurelius

27 2
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

11 0
Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be. Marcus Aurelius

26 2
That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees. Marcus Aurelius

26 2
If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now. Marcus Aurelius

19 1
To understand the true quality of people, you must look into their minds, and examine their pursuits and aversions. Marcus Aurelius

34 4
Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears. Marcus Aurelius

24 2
Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear. Marcus Aurelius

24 2
Remember how often you have postponed minding your interest, and let slip those opportunities the gods have given you. It is now high time to consider what sort of world you are part of, and from what kind of governor of it you are descended; that you have a set period assigned you to act in, and unless you improve it to brighten and compose your thoughts, it will quickly run off with you, and be lost beyond recovery. Marcus Aurelius

10 0
Remember that what pulls the strings is the force hidden within; there lies the power to persuade, there the life -- there, if one must speak out, the real man. Marcus Aurelius

17 1
A man should be upright, not be kept upright. Marcus Aurelius

16 1
How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks. Marcus Aurelius

16 1
Where a man can live, he can also live well. Marcus Aurelius

29 4
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. Marcus Aurelius

15 1
Whatever the universal nature assigns to any man at any time is for the good of that man at that time. Marcus Aurelius

30 5
Men exist for the sake of one another. Marcus Aurelius

21 3
Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil. Marcus Aurelius

16 2
Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig. Marcus Aurelius

16 3
When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man's life. Marcus Aurelius

11 1
Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life. Marcus Aurelius

15 3
Always observe how ephemeral and worthless human things are. Pass then through this little space of time conformably to nature, and end thy journey in content, just as an olive falls off when it is ripe, blessing nature who produced it, and thanking the tree on which it grew. Marcus Aurelius

13 2
One universe made up all that is; and one God in it all, and one principle of being, and one law, the reason shared by all thinking creatures, and one truth. Marcus Aurelius

13 2
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

13 2
Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else. Marcus Aurelius

15 4
Here is the rule to remember in the future, When anything tempts you to be bitter: not, This is a misfortune but To bear this worthily is good fortune. Marcus Aurelius

12 2
Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them. Marcus Aurelius

10 1
And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last. Marcus Aurelius

11 2
Let it be your constant method to look into the design of people's actions, and see what they would be at, as often as it is practicable; and to make this custom the more significant, practice it first upon yourself. Marcus Aurelius