Every instant of time... is a pinprick of eternity.

-Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius

Withdraw to the untroubled quietude deep within the soul, and refresh yourself.

Marcus Aurelius
What use do I put my soul to? It is a serviceable question this, and should frequently be put to oneself. How does my ruling part stand affected? And whose soul have I now? That of a child, or a young man, or a feeble woman, or of a tyrant, of cattle or wild beasts.
Marcus Aurelius

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

Marcus Aurelius
That which comes after ever conforms to that which has gone before.
Marcus Aurelius

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.

Marcus Aurelius
The gods gave me a father who ruled over me and rid me of any trace of arrogance and showed me that one can live in a palace without bodyguards, extravagant attire, chandeliers, statues, and other luxuries. He taught me that it is possible to live instead pretty much in the manner of a private citizen without losing any of the dignity and authority a ruler must possess to discharge his imperial duties effectively.
Marcus Aurelius

Not even the vicissitudes of fortune are contrary to nature or to the providential ordering of the universe. It all flows from the gods, who determine what is needed for the welfare of the whole universe, of which you are a part.

Marcus Aurelius
Think nothing profitable to you which compels you to break a promise, to lose your self respect, to hate any person, to curse, to act the hypocrite.
Marcus Aurelius

Nothing proceeds from nothingness, as also nothing passes away into non-existence.

Marcus Aurelius
To no man make yourself a boon companion: Your joy will be less but less will be your grief