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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 2
Whatever happens at all happens as it should; thou wilt find this true, if thou shouldst watch closely.
By a tranquil mind I mean nothing else than a mind well ordered.
I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe.
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
Men seek out retreats for themselves in the country, by the seaside, on the moutains ... But all this is unphilosophical to the last degree ... when thou canst at a moment's notice retire into thyself.
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.
A man's life is what his thoughts make of it. Our life is what our thoughts make it.
Deem not life a thing of consequence. For look at the yawning void of the future, and at that other limitless space, the past.
Love the little trade which thou hast learned, and be content therewith.
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