Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor who ruled from 160 – 180 AD. His inspiration was the Stoic philosopher Epictetus, who believed that philosophy should be implemented in everyday life.  Marcus Aurelius was known as the philosopher king, using his Stoic philosophy to act virtuously and to keep calm during times of war. The Emperor’s philosophy can be found in a collection of his writings called the ‘Meditations’.

14 Of My Favourite Quotes by Marcus Aurelius

Here are my 14 favourite quotes…

  1. “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
  2. “He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.”
  3. “A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions.” 
  4. “Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.” 
  5. “Execute every act of thy life as though it were thy last.”
  6. “Each day provides its own gifts.” 
  7. “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” 
  8. “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.” 
  9. “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”
  10. “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
  11. “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.”
  12. “The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” 
  13. “Be content to seem what you really are.”
  14. “Do every act of your life as if it were your last.”


I hope you have found these quotes inspirational, like I do. Do you have any other favourite quotes by Marcus Aurelius? If so, please leave them in the comments section below.


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