Quotes from Marcus Aurelius

  • On fulfilling your duty
  • …”Everything, a horse, a vine, is created for some duty. For what task, then, were you yourself created? A man’s true delight is to do things he was made for.”


  • On dealing with criticism
  • …” You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
  • …” Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”
  • … ” You don’t have to turn this into something. It doesn’t have to upset you. Things can’t shape our decisions by themselves.”


  • On taking action
  • …” It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”
  •  … ” Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”


  • On living a good life
  • … “Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

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