September 3, 2021
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 – 180) He was a Roman Emperor and Stoic Philosopher. Born in Rome in 121 AD. His father died when he was three months old. He was adopted by his grandfather and the moral training he received from his mother and grandfather must have been all but perfect. Marcus said “To the gods I am indebted for having good grandfathers, good parents, a good sister, good teachers, good associates, good kinsmen and friends, nearly everything good.” From his teachers he learned to work hard, to deny himself, to avoid listening to slander, to endure misfortunes, never deviate from his purpose, to be grave without affection and delicate in correcting others. The comprehensiveness of his legal and judicial reforms is very striking. Slaves, heirs, women and children were benefited and he made serious attempts to deal with the steady for in the birthrate of legitimate children.
- 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.
- Our life is what our thoughts make it.
- If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.
- The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
- Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.
- Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature’s delight
- Begin – to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again, begin with this, and thou wilt have finished.
- A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions.
- Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.
- Poverty is the mother of crime.
- To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution.
- Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
- Men exist for the sake of one another.
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