Day #930:Quotes From Marcus Aurelius to Help You Start the Year

Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninius) was a Stoic and Roman Emperor. His most famous work is Meditations, which appeared in 12 books. Here are a few quotes from the works of Marcus Aurelius to help you as you set out this year.

“A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.”

“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.”

“Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that you shall live.”

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
 
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.
 
You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.

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