To understand the true quality of people, you must look into their minds, and examine their pursuits and aversions.
— Marcus Aurelius
He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.
Tomorrow is nothing, today is too late; the good lived yesterday.
Be content to seem what you really are.
Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.
Anger cannot be dishonest.
How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.
Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.
And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last.
That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees.
Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else.
When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man's life.
The universe is transformation: life is opinion.
To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.
The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.
Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.
Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
There is nothing happens to any person but what was in his power to go through with.
Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.
Confine yourself to the present.
Men exist for the sake of one another.
A man's worth is no greater than his ambitions.
Let it be your constant method to look into the design of people's actions, and see what they would be at, as often as it is practicable; and to make this custom the more significant, practice it first upon yourself.
Our life is what our thoughts make it.
Whatever the universal nature assigns to any man at any time is for the good of that man at that time.
Where a man can live, he can also live well.
Death is a release from the impressions of the senses, and from desires that make us their puppets, and from the vagaries of the mind, and from the hard service of the flesh.
Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.
Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise.
Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.
Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.
Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.
Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.
Be content with what you are, and wish not change; nor dread your last day, nor long for it.
Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.
The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
Each day provides its own gifts.
Execute every act of thy life as though it were thy last.
Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it... Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle.
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.
Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live.
Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.
Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.
Each thing is of like form from everlasting and comes round again in its cycle.
Do every act of your life as if it were your last.
If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.
Death, like birth, is a secret of Nature.
Everything that happens happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so.
Perhaps there are none more lazy, or more truly ignorant, than your everlasting readers.