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Quotations by Marcus Aurelius
Marcus AureliusMan should be upright - A man should be upright, not kept upright.

Everything is the result of a change - Observe always that everything is the result of a change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and to make new ones like them.

Anger with him whose arm pits stink - Art thou angry with him whose arm-pits stink? art thou angry with him whose mouth smells foul? What good will this anger do thee?

The mind which is free from passions - The mind which is free from passions is a citadel, for man has nothing more secure to which he can fly for refuge and for the future be inexpugnable. He then who has not seen this is an ignorant man: but he who has seen it and does not fly to this refuge is unhappy.

Men are made one for another - All men are made one for another: either then teach them better, or bear with them.

Use what is in thy power - Is it not better to use what is in thy power like a free man than to desire in a slavish and abject way what is not in thy power?

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

Be like a headland of rock - Be like a headland of rock on which the waves break incessantly: but it stands fast and around it the seething of the waters sinks to rest.

Eternity spinning the thread of thy being - Whatever may happen to thee, it was prepared for thee from all eternity; and the implication of causes was from eternity spinning the thread of thy being, and of that which is incident to it.

The quality of your 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.

Clear clouds from the mind - Thou must now at last perceive that a limit of time is fixed for thee, which if thou dost not use for clearing away the clouds from the mind, it will go and thou wilt go, and it will never return.

Your power to revoke pain - If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.