Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius (/ɔːˈriːliəs/; Latin: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus; 26 April 121 – 17 March 180 AD) was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus' death in 169. He was the last of the Five Good Emperors, and is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers. During his reign, the Empire defeated a revitalized Parthian Empire in the East: Aurelius' general Avidius Cassius sacked the capital Ctesiphon in 164. In central Europe, Aurelius fought the Marcomanni, Quadi, and Sarmatians with success during the Marcomannic Wars, although the threat of the Germanic tribes began to represent a troubling reality for the Empire. A revolt in the East led by Avidius Cassius failed to gain momentum and was suppressed immediately. Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, are still revere... More


Marcus Aurelius Quotes

Marcus Aurelius #Anger

How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
Marcus Aurelius #Anger

Anger cannot be dishonest.
Marcus Aurelius #Art #Life

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.
Marcus Aurelius #Art

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

Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise.
Marcus Aurelius #Best

The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.
Marcus Aurelius #Best

To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.
Marcus Aurelius #Change #Nature

Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.
Marcus Aurelius #Change

Be content with what you are, and wish not change nor dread your last day, nor long for it.
Marcus Aurelius #Change #Nature

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 #Change

The universe is change our life is what our thoughts make it.
Marcus Aurelius #Death #Fear

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
Marcus Aurelius #Death #Nature

Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else.
Marcus Aurelius #Death #Nature

Death, like birth, is a secret of Nature.
Marcus Aurelius #Design

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 #Future

Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.
Marcus Aurelius #Good #Inspirational

Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.
Marcus Aurelius #Good #Time

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
Marcus Aurelius #Good

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

We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne.
Marcus Aurelius #Good

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

Tomorrow is nothing, today is too late the good lived yesterday.
Marcus Aurelius #Good #Time

You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long.
Marcus Aurelius #Good #Nature #Time

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

A man's worth is no greater than his ambitions.