Marcus Aurelius was born on April 26, 121, in Rome, Italy. As Emperor of Rome from 161-180, Aurelius kept the empire safe from the Parthians and Germans and was considered to be the last of the five great emperors. He is best known for his stoic philosophy personal writings 'Meditations' - a collection of 12 short books about Self-discipline, guidance, motivation, and self-improvement. To this day, his wisdom inspires many who read his thoughts, and he is still quoted today.
Here are some of his quotes that we found especially beautiful and still relevant to this day.
1. “Say to yourself in the early morning: I shall meet today ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, uncharitable men. All of these things have come upon them through ignorance of real good and ill... I can neither be harmed by any of them, for no man will involve me in wrong, nor can I be angry with my kinsman or hate him, for we have come into the world to work together.”
2. “Do not be wise in words - be wise in deeds.”
3. “The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”
4. “A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions.”
5. “If someone can prove me wrong and show me my mistake in any thought or action, I shall gladly change. I seek the truth, which never harmed anyone: the harm is to persist in one's own self-deception and ignorance.”
6. “The wise man sees in the misfortune of others what he should avoid.”
7. “It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own.”
8. “Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.”
9. “Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature‘s delight.”
10. “At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: ‘I have to go to work – as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for – the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?”
11. “Yes, you can, if you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life, and stop being aimless, stop letting your emotions override what your mind tells you, stop being hypocritical, self-centered, irritable.”
12. “Do not act as if you had ten thousand years to throw away. Death stands at your elbow. Be good for something while you live and it is in your power.”
13. “A person’s worth is measured by the worth of what he values.”
14. “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”