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Marcus Aurelius (Latin: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus; 26 April 121 – 17 March 180 AD), called the Philosopher, was Roman emperor from 161 to 180.  He was the last of the rulers traditionally known as the Five Good Emperors. He is also seen as the last emperor of the Pax Romana, an age of relative peace and stability for the Empire. Marcus’ personal philosophical writings, often called Meditations, are a significant source of the modern understanding of ancient Stoic philosophy.

Here are a few quotations from Meditations

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

“The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

“You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can’t control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

“Do not be wise in words – be wise in deeds.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

“The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

“What we do in life ripples in eternity.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

“A person’s life is dyed with the color of his imagination.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

“Whoever values peace of mind and the health of the soul will live the best of all possible lives.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

“Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

“Never forget that the universe is a single living organism possessed of one substance and one soul, holding all things suspended in a single consciousness and creating all things with a single purpose that they might work together spinning and weaving and knotting whatever comes to pass.”  ~ Marcus Aurelius

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