Marcus Aurelius


Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius (Latin: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus; Rome, 26 April 121 AD - Vindobona or Sirmium, 17 March 180 AD) was a 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. Marcus Aurelius' Stoic tome Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, is still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and preserve equanimity in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration.

Thursday Feb 23, 2023

Marcus Aurelius: Two rules

The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.

Friday Sep 2, 2022

Marcus Aurelius: Gain time

How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbour says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.

Thursday Jun 23, 2022

Marcus Aurelius: Think of your own faults

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?

Tuesday May 10, 2022

Marcus Aurelius: A good man

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.

Friday Feb 11, 2022

Marcus Aurelius: The power over your mind

You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

Wednesday Feb 2, 2022

Marcus Aurelius: Reducing pain

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.

Friday Jan 28, 2022

Marcus Aurelius: Withdraw yourself

It is in your power to withdraw yourself whenever you desire. Perfect tranquility within consists in the good ordering of the mind, the realm of your own.

Wednesday Jan 19, 2022

Marcus Aurelius: Use the power over your mind

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

Friday Oct 29, 2021

Marcus Aurelius: Go to their souls

When another blames you or hates you, or people voice similar criticisms, go to their souls, penetrate inside and see what sort of people they are. You will realize that there is no need to be racked with anxiety that they should hold any particular opinion about you.

Friday Oct 8, 2021

Marcus Aurelius: The quality of your mind

The things you think about determine the quality of your mind.

Thursday Jul 8, 2021

Marcus Aurelius: The soul

The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.

Thursday Mar 25, 2021

Marcus Aurelius: Our thoughts

Our life is what our thoughts make it.

Thursday Jun 4, 2020

Marcus Aurelius: Anger

How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.

Friday Mar 20, 2020

Marcus Aurelius: Peace of mind and the health of the soul

Whoever values peace of mind and the health of the soul will live the best of all possible lives.

Friday Feb 7, 2020

Marcus Aurelius: Happiness and thoughts

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.

Friday Dec 27, 2019

Marcus Aurelius: A happy life

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.

Tuesday Dec 10, 2019

Marcus Aurelius: Quality of your thoughts

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.

Tuesday Oct 15, 2019

Marcus Aurelius: In harmony with yourself

He who lives in harmony with himself, lives in harmony with the universe.

Wednesday Sep 18, 2019

Marcus Aurelius: A calm mind

The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength.

Tuesday Aug 6, 2019

Marcus Aurelius: What disturbs you?

It is not events that disturb people,
it is their judgements concerning them.

Thursday Jun 6, 2019

Marcus Aurelius: If you are pained by external things

If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgement of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgement now.

Thursday May 23, 2019

Marcus Aurelius: The answer to anger

The best answer to anger is silence.

Thursday Feb 28, 2019

Marcus Aurelius: Think of the precious privileges we have

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.

Monday Mar 12, 2018

Marcus Aurelius: Mind what you do and say

If it is not right do not do it;
if it is not true do not say it.

Thursday Mar 8, 2018

Marcus Aurelius: Dig within

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

Friday Aug 25, 2017

Marcus Aurelius: A quieter retreat

Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.

Friday Dec 4, 2015

Marcus Aurelius: The stars

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.

Wednesday Oct 14, 2015

Marcus Aurelius: Opinions and perspectives

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.