Marcus (Aurelius Antoninus) Quotes

Socrates’ name for the beliefs of the man in the street was “bogies” to scare children.

That which is not good for the swarm, neither is it good for the bee.

Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise.

A spider is proud of catching a fly; so is one man of trapping a hare, or another of netting a sprat, or a third of capturing boars or bears or Sarmatians. If you go into the question of principles, are these anything but robbers one and all?

An angry look on the face is wholly against nature. If it be assumed frequently, beauty begins to perish, and in the end is quenched beyond rekindling.

A man’s worth is no greater than the worth of his ambitions.

Execute every act of thy life as though it were thy last.

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.