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Marcus Aurelius 121-180 AD
Roman Stoic Philosopher, author of Meditations, last of Five Good Roman Emperors during the Pax Romana
 Great Truths       

Our life is what our thoughts make it.

If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.

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

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.

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

Confine yourself to the present.

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

Men exist for the sake of one another.

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

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.

Poverty is the mother of crime.

Never let the future disturb you.

The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away.

Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.

Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.

Do every act of your life as if it were your last.

A man should be upright, not be kept upright.

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.

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.

Everything that happens happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so.

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

Each day provides its own gifts.

Loss is nothing else but change, and change is nature’s delight.

How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.

Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than an education without natural ability.

The act of dying is one of the acts of life.

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care of that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.