Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Wisdom Of Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius was born April 26, 121 CE and died March 17, 180 CE. He was the Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 CE. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus' death in 169. He was the last of the Five Good Emperors, and is also considered one of the most important members of the Stoic philosophers. (Detailed Info Here)

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.
Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.
You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together,but do so with all your heart.
Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …
Our life is what our thoughts make it.
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.
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.
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.
If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.
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 truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is 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 on the opinion of others.

His book "The Meditations By Marcus Aurelius" can be found here .

(The picture is a Bust of Marcus Aurelius in the GlyptothekMunich)