Marcus Aurelius-wise-words-stoic



Advice for living from Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. As a practitioner of Stoicism he seems to know how to live life, there is always room for self-improvement. His untitled writing, known as Meditations, are absolute brimming with wise words:


“How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at anything which happens in life”

“Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretence.”

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

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

“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.”

“Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.”

“The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.”

“People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself. ”


* Marcus Aurelius on a horse