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 6
Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.
Nothing can come out of nothing, any more than a thing can go back to nothing.
Be not careless in deeds, nor confused in words, nor rambling in thought.
The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.
You exist but as a part inherent in a greater whole. Do not live as though you had a thousand years before you. The common due impends; while you live, and while you may, be good.
Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours.
The passing minute is every man's equal possession but what has once gone by is no longer ours.
And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last.
The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing; the main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unforeseen attack.
This is moral perfection: to live each day as though it were the last; to be tranquil, sincere, yet not indifferent to one's fate.
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