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Meditations

Meditations
Marcus AureliusOriginal title Τὰ εἰς ἑαυτὸν

Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD, recording his private notes to himself and ideas on Stoic philosophy.


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„If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgement of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgement now.“

—  Marcus Aurelius, book Meditations

Variant: 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.
Source: Meditations

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„If it is not right, do not do it, if it is not true, do not say it.“

—  Marcus Aurelius, book Meditations

XII, 17
Source: Meditations (c. 121–180 AD), Book XII
Context: If it is not right, do not do it, if it is not true, do not say it. For let thy efforts be

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„Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.“

—  Marcus Aurelius, book Meditations

Misattributed
Source: Cited as being from The Meditations. This quote does not exist there; although there are several other statements about everything being an opinion, none of these are connected to a sentence about perspectives.

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„Remember that neither the future nor the past pains thee, but only the present.“

—  Marcus Aurelius, book Meditations

VIII, 36
Meditations (c. 121–180 AD), Book VIII
Context: Remember that neither the future nor the past pains thee, but only the present. But this is reduced to a very little, if thou only circumscribest it, and chidest thy mind, if it is unable to hold out against even this.

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„When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love…“

—  Marcus Aurelius, book Meditations

Variant: 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.
Source: Meditations

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„Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.“

—  Marcus Aurelius, book Meditations

Μηκέθ᾽ ὅλως περὶ τοῦ οἷόν τινα εἶναι τὸν ἀγαθὸν ἄνδρα διαλέγεσθαι, ἀλλὰ εἶναι τοιοῦτον.
X, 16
Variant: Don't go on discussing what a good person should be. Just be one.
Source: Meditations (c. 121–180 AD), Book X

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„The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.“

—  Marcus Aurelius, book Meditations

VI, 6
Variant: The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.
Source: Meditations (c. 121–180 AD), Book VI

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