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50 Marcus Aurelius quotes on Life, Death and Love

Published on August 15, 2018 3:20 AM EST
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Our latest collection of Marcus Aurelius quotes on Everyday Power Blog.

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor who is best known for his intellectual pursuits.  One of the most cherished Roman emperors in history, Aurelius is remembered for his studious nature and his rule driven by reason.

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Aurelius was one of the most important proponents of Stoicism, the philosophy that teaches the development of self-control and fortitude as a means of overcoming negative emotions. He wrote one of the biggest works of philosophy, Meditations, a collection of his thoughts and notes on life based on his Stoic beliefs.

Born: 26 April 121

Died: 17 March 180 AD

Below are some of the best Marcus Aurelius quotes to inspire you to create your own happiness and live your best life.


Marcus Aurelius quotes on Life, Death and Love


1.) To love only what happens, what was destined. No greater harmony. – Marcus Aurelius


2.) 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


3.) It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. – Marcus Aurelius


4.) Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature‘s delight. – Marcus Aurelius


5.) “Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.” ― Marcus Aurelius


6.) It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own. – Marcus Aurelius


7.) How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it. – Marcus Aurelius


8.) “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.” ― Marcus Aurelius


9.) Time is a river, a violent current of events, glimpsed once and already carried past us, and another follows and is done. – Marcus Aurelius


10.) “A person’s worth is measured by the worth of what he values.” ― Marcus Aurelius


Marcus Aurelius quotes about life and happiness


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


12.) You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. ― Marcus Aurelius


13.) “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” ― Marcus Aurelius


14.) “Though you break your heart, men will go on as before.” ― Marcus Aurelius


15.) Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life. ― Marcus Aurelius


16.) Pleasures, when they go beyond a certain limit, are but punishments. ― Marcus Aurelius


17.) To live the good life: We have the potential for it. If we can learn to be indifferent to what makes no difference. ― Marcus Aurelius


18.) “It’s silly to try to escape other people’s faults. They are inescapable. Just try to escape your own.” – Marcus Aurelius


19.) “Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now take what’s left and live it properly.” – Marcus Aurelius


20.) “You’re better off not giving the small things more time than they deserve.” – Marcus Aurelius


Marcus Aurelius quotes to inspire you to live your best life


21.) No man can escape his destiny, the next inquiry being how he may best live the time that he has to live. ― Marcus Aurelius


22.) Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. ― Marcus Aurelius


23.) A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions. ― Marcus Aurelius


24.) “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” ― Marcus Aurelius


25.) Tomorrow is nothing, today is too late; the good lived yesterday. – Marcus Aurelius


26.) Everything that happens happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so. ― Marcus Aurelius


27.) “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” ― Marcus Aurelius


28.) “The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.” ― Marcus Aurelius


29.) “Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.”
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30.) Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life. ― Marcus Aurelius


31.) While you live, while it is in your power, be good. ― Marcus Aurelius


Marcus Aurelius quotes about time and the future


32.) “Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future too.”
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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.) “What we do now echoes in eternity.” ― Marcus Aurelius


35.) The memory of everything is very soon overwhelmed in time. ― Marcus Aurelius


36.) “The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away.” ― Marcus Aurelius


37.) “Confine yourself to the present” ― Marcus Aurelius


38.) “You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long.” ― Marcus Aurelius


39.) “Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live.” ― Marcus Aurelius


Other Marcus Aurelius quotes


41.) If you didn’t learn these things in order to demonstrate them in practice, what did you learn them for? ― Marcus Aurelius


42.) Only attend to yourself, and resolve to be a good man in every act that you do. ― Marcus Aurelius


43.) “You shouldn’t give circumstances the power to rouse anger, for they don’t care at all.” – Marcus Aurelius


44.) “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


45.) “Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible.” ― Marcus Aurelius


46.) “Misfortune nobly born is good fortune.”― Marcus Aurelius


47.) “A man must stand erect, not be kept erect by others.”― Marcus Aurelius


48.) “Every living organism is fulfilled when it follows the right path for its own nature.” ― Marcus Aurelius


49.)“Live out your life in truth and justice, tolerant of those who are neither true nor just.” ― Marcus Aurelius


50.) “All things fade and quickly turn to myth.” ― Marcus Aurelius


Which are your favorite Marcus Aurelius quotes


Marcus Aurelius was one of the most respected emperors in Roman history and is remembered for his rule driven by reason and his intellectual interest.

He was one of the most important proponents of Stoicism, a philosophy that emphasizes self-improvement. Hopefully, these Marcus Aurelius quotes have inspired you to create your own happiness.

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    Yvonne Spencer

    October 15, 2019 at 6:32 AM

    I do enjoy Marcus Aurelius quotes; they are inspirational! Thank you for publishing them. Today have ordered his book ‘Meditations’
    Thank you

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    July 5, 2019 at 10:39 AM

    I was looking for some material on Stoicism + love. Thanks for the quotes.

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