Be like the cliff against which the waves continually break; but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it.
Everything is only for a day ... the universe loves nothing so much as to change things.
One universe made up all that is; and one God in it all, and one principle of being, and one law, the reason shared by all thinking creatures, and one truth.
My city and state are Rome. But as a human being? The world. So for me, "good" can only mean what's good for both communities.
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.
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
Why should we feel anger at the world? As if the world would notice?
Consider in what condition both in body and soul a man should be when he is overtaken by death; and consider the shortness of life, the boundless abyss of time past and future, the feebleness of all matter.
Only to the rational animal is it given to follow voluntarily what happens; but simply to follow is a necessity imposed on all.
Reflect frequently upon the instability of things, and how very fast the scenes of nature are shifted. Matter is in perpetual flux. Change is always and everywhere at work; it strikes through causes and effects, and leaves nothing fixed and permanent.
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 someone can prove me wrong and show me my mistake in any thought or action, I shall gladly change. I seek the truth, which never harmed anyone: the harm is to persist in one's own self-deception and ignorance.
The one thing worth living for is to keep one's soul pure.
To live each day as though one's last, never flustered, never apathetic, never attitudinizing - here is the perfection of character.
The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.
All things fade and quickly turn to myth.
When you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, remember that your defining characteristic-what defines a human being-is to work with others.
Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it.
There is nothing happens to any person but what was in his power to go through with.
So you know how things stand. Now forget what they think of you. Be satisfied if you can live the rest of your life, however short, as your nature demands. Focus on that, and don't let anything distract you. You've wandered all over and finally realized that you never found what you were after: how
He does not write at all whose poems no man reads
Death, like birth, is one of nature's mysteries, the combining of primal elements and dissolving of the same into the same.
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
If I and my two children cannot move the gods, the gods must have their reasons.
No longer talk at all about the kind of man that a good man ought to be, but be such
Everything is interwoven, and the web is holy; none of its parts are unconnected. They are composed harmoniously, and together - they compose the world.
Socrates used to call the opinions of the many by the name of Lamiae, bugbears to frighten children.
Be content with what you are, and wish not change; nor dread your last day, nor long for it. Marcus Aureliu
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. Marcus Aureliu
...in the ways of Nature there is no evil to be found.