Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and Stoic philosopher
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher. He was the last of the rulers known as the Five Good Emperors, and the last emperor of the Pax Romana, an age of relative peace and stability for the Roman Empire lasting from 27 BC to 180 AD. He served as Roman consul in 140, 145, and 161.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Quotes Page 3
You will find rest from vain fancies if you perform every act in life as though it were your last.
Remember how often you have postponed minding your interest, and let slip those opportunities the gods have given you. It is now high time to consider what sort of world you are part of, and from what kind of governor of it you are descended; that you have a set period assigned you to act in, and unless you improve it to brighten and compose your thoughts, it will quickly run off with you, and be lost beyond recovery.
Life is a warfare and a stranger's sojourn, and after fame is oblivion.
Man must be arched and buttressed from within, else the temple wavers to the dust.
That which is not good for the beehive cannot be good for the bees.
In the morning, when you are sluggish about getting up, let this thought be present: 'I am rising to a man's work.'
Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.
How much trouble he avoids who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.
How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.
We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne.
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