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30 Marcus Aurelius Quotes To Get You Through Tough Times

30 Marcus Aurelius Quotes To Get You Through Tough Times

If you’re struggling to build mental toughness, overcome adversity and put things in perspective in your life you need to read up on the works on Marcus Aurelius.

Don’t waste your time on the same rehashed self-help books that’re being released day in day out on Amazon and in your local bookshop.

The works of Marcus Aurelius are timeless, he doesn’t offer Chicken Soup For The Soul style ‘believe in yourself’ advice, this is legit ancient knowledge, his flagship book ‘Meditations’ contains a number of personal notes and quotes from the Roman Emperor himself.

Regardless of where you are in the world right now you, whether you’re in 14 days of self-isolation or are preparing for the worst you can use the following ancient Marcus Aurelius quotes to prevail.

30 Powerful Marcus Aurelius Quotes

1 – “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

2 – “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”

3 – “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

4 – “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”

5 – “The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”

6 – “Do not act as if you were going to live ten thousand years. Death hangs over you. While you live, while it is in your power, be good.”

7 – “Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.”

8 – “What doesn’t transmit light creates its own darkness.”

9 – “Concentrate every minute … on doing what’s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice. And on freeing yourself from all other distractions … you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life, and stop being aimless, stop letting your emotions override what your mind tells you, stop being hypocritical, self-centered, irritable.”

10 – “People try to get away from it all—to the country, to the beach, to the mountains … Which is idiotic: you can get away from it anytime you like. By going within. Nowhere you can go is more peaceful—more free of interruptions—than your own soul.”

11 – “To love only what happens, what was destined. No greater harmony.”

12 – “Is any man afraid of change? What can take place without change? What then is more pleasing or more suitable to the universal nature? And can you take a hot bath unless the wood for the fire undergoes a change? And can you be nourished unless the food undergoes a change? And can anything else that is useful be accomplished without change? Do you not see then that for yourself also to change is just the same, and equally necessary for the universal nature?”

13 – “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.”

14 – “You can commit injustice by doing nothing.”

15 – “To accept without arrogance, to let it go with indifference.”

16 – “Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.”

17 – “When jarred, unavoidably, by circumstance, revert at once to yourself and don’t lose the rhythm more than you can help. You’ll have a better grasp of harmony if you keep going back to it.”

18 – “The true man is revealed in difficult times. So when trouble comes, think of yourself as a wrestler whom God, like a trainer, has paired with a tough young buck. For what purpose? To turn you into Olympic-class material. But this is going to take some sweat to accomplish.”

19 – “There were two vices much blacker and more serious than the rest: lack of persistence and lack of self-control… persist and resist.”

20 – “People with a strong physical constitution can tolerate extremes of hot and cold; people of strong mental health can handle anger, grief, joy and the other emotions.”

21 – “A person’s worth is measured by the worth of what he values.”

22 – “Your three components: body, breath, mind. Two are yours in trust; to the third alone you have clear title.”

23 – “Most of us dread the deadening of the body and will do anything to avoid it. About the deadening of the soul, however, we don’t care one iota.”

24 – “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.”

25 – “The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.”

26 – “Think not so much of what you lack as of what you have: but of the things that you have, select the best, and then reflect how eagerly you would have sought them if you did not have them.”

27 – “All our efforts must be directed towards an end, or we will act in vain. If it is not the right end, we will fail utterly.”

28 – “Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now take what’s left and live it properly.”

29 – “The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.”

30 – “Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.”

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Scott J.
Scott J.https://ignorelimits.com
I’m SJ. I’m a fitness enthusiast and published author. I transformed my body from a skinny fat 135lbs with 18% body fat to a solid 192lbs at 8% body fat. I became qualified in a field I was passionate about. I founded several online businesses that allow me to pursue ideas and projects in my life that I am passionate about without having to constantly worry about money. I published several eBooks explaining the training and dieting techniques I used to achieve the body I have today. I learnt a plethora of new information on dieting and fitness by reading and applying what I read, to find out what does work and what doesn’t work, because as I’m sure you’ve noticed the health and fitness industry is full of non-sense claims and BS. I found out what was true and what worked for me and applied that knowledge. And you bet I had fun during the whole process.

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