45 Motivational Marcus Aurelius Quotes On Life, Love, Death

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher. He was the last of the rulers known as the Five Good Emperors, and the last emperor of the Pax Romana, an age of relative peace and stability for the Roman Empire. He served as Roman consul in 140, 145, and 161. This Marcus Aurelius quotes on life, love, death will motivate you in life.

Best Marcus Aurelius Quotes

  1. “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  2. “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  3. “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  4. “It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinions than our own.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Marcus Aurelius quotes on love
  5. “Think of all the years passed by in which you said to yourself “I’ll do it tomorrow,” and how the gods have again and again granted you periods of the grace of which you have not availed yourself. It is time to realize that you are a member of the Universe, that you are born of Nature itself, and to know that a limit has been set to your time. Use every moment wisely, to perceive your inner refulgence, or ’twill be gone and nevermore within your reach.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  6. “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  7. “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  8. “The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

  9. “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.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  10. “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.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Marcus Aurelius quotes on life
  11. “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.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  12. “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?” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  13. “You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can’t control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  14. “The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  15. “Do not be wise in words – be wise in deeds.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

  16. “Always bear this in mind, that very little indeed is necessary for living a happy life.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  17. “Live your life as if you are ready to say goodbye to it at any moment, as if the time left for you were some pleasant surprise.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  18. “What we do in life ripples in eternity.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  19. “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.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  20. “Life is short. Do not forget about the most important things in our life, living for other people and doing good for them.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  21. “Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

  22. “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Marcus Aurelius quotes on death
  23. “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  24. “Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  25. “The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  26. “The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  27. “If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

  28. “Give yourself a gift: the present moment.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  29. “Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  30. “Most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time, and more tranquillity. Ask yourself at every moment, ‘Is this necessary?'” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  31. “I’m going to be meeting with people today who talk too much – people who are selfish, egotistical, ungrateful. But I won’t be surprised or disturbed, for I can’t imagine a world without such people.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  32. “Adapt yourself to the life you have been given; and truly love the people with whom destiny has surrounded you.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  33. “Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  34. “The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

  35. “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  36. “Don’t be ashamed to need help. Like a soldier storming a wall, you have a mission to accomplish. And if you’ve been wounded and you need a comrade to pull you up? So what?” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  37. “Death smiles at us all, all a man can do is smile back.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  38. “Both happiness and unhappiness depend on perception” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  39. “The inner master, when confronted with an obstacle, uses it as fuel, like a fire which consumes things that are thrown into it. A small lamp would be snuffed out, but a big fire will engulf what is thrown at it and burn hotter; it consumes the obstacle and uses it to reach a higher level.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  40. “Why should we feel anger at the world? As if the world would notice?” ~ Marcus Aurelius

  41. “Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is it’s current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  42. “Our anger and annoyance are more detrimental to us than the things themselves which anger or annoy us.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  43. “A man’s true greatness lies in the consciousness of an honest purpose in life, founded on a just estimate of himself and everything else, on frequent self-examinations, and a steady obedience to the rule which he knows to be right, without troubling himself about what others may think or say, or whether they do or do not that which he thinks and says and does.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  44. “A person’s life is dyed with the color of his imagination.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
  45. “Bear in mind that the measure of a man is the worth of the things he cares about.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

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