Marcus (Aurelius Antoninus) Quotes

When men are inhuman, take care not to feel towards them as they do towards other humans.

Never esteem anything as of advantage to thee that shall make thee break thy word or lose thy self respect.

“A cucumber is bitter.” Throw it away. “There are briars in the road.” Turn aside from them. This is enough. Do not add, “And why were such things made in the world?

Do you make a grievance of weighing so many pounds only instead of three hundred? Then why fret about living so many years only, instead of more? Since you are content with the measure of substance allowed you, be so also with the measure of time.

A wrong – doer is often a man that has left something undone, not always he that has done something.

Apollonius impressed on me the need to make decisions for myself instead of depending on the hazards of chance, and never for a moment to leave reason out of sight.

Poverty is the mother of crime.

How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.

Is any man afraid of change? Why what can take place without change? What then is more pleasing or more suitable to the universal nature?

If a man makes a slip, admonish him gently and show him his mistake. If you fail to convince him, blame yourself, or else blame nobody.