Marcus Aurelius: Insights of a Stoic


I’ve put together a collection of useful insight from Marcus Aurelius, last of the Five Good Emperors. Historians refer to him as a kind ruler who was incredibly loyal in his duty to serve the Roman Empire. He is well known for being a student of philosophy and practitioner of stoicism. He held a unique perspective of a “cosmic well-being”, way ahead of his time. His work “Meditations” is still very relevant to this day.

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

“Very little is needed to make a happy life. It’s all within yourself; in your way of thinking.”

“Confine yourself to the present.”

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

“You don’t have to turn this into something. It doesn’t have to upset you. Things can’t shape our decisions by themselves.”

“Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.”

“If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever harmed.”

“I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than that of others.”

“Whenever you find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?”

“It is not death that a man should fear, but never beginning to live.”

“Accept things to which fate binds you.”

“The best revenge is to be unlike he who administered the pain.”

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

“Dwell on the beauty of life.”

“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love…”

It’s amazing how much we still stand to learn from people that lived so long ago.