You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.
Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.
I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others.
Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?
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.
The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.
Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.
When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: the people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own – not of the same blood and birth, but the same mind, and possessing a share of the divine. And so none of them can hurt me. No one can implicate me in ugliness. Nor can I feel angry at my relative, or hate him. We were born to work together like feet, hands and eyes, like the two rows of teeth, upper and lower. To obstruct each other is unnatural. To feel anger at someone, to turn your back on him: these are unnatural.
How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.
Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretense.
Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear.
Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it.
Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.
If any man despises me, that is his problem. My only concern is not doing or saying anything deserving of contempt.
Whoever does wrong, wrongs himself; whoever does injustice, does it to himself, making himself evil.
Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.
If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.
What we do now echoes in eternity.
Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD, recording his private notes to himself and ideas on Stoic philosophy.
Marcus Aurelius wrote the 12 books of the Meditations in Koine Greek as a source for his own guidance and self-improvement.
It is unlikely that Marcus Aurelius ever intended the writings to be published and the work has no official title, so „Meditations“ is one of several titles commonly assigned to the collection.
These writings take the form of quotations varying in length from one sentence to long paragraphs.