Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor, born nearly two millennia ago (121 – 180). Marcus became the Emperor of the Roman Empire in 161 and ruled for nearly two decades until his death in 180. It is important to realize the gravity of that position and the magnitude of power that Marcus possessed.
He held one of—if not the most—powerful positions in the world at the time. If he chose to, nothing would be off limits. There is a reason the adage that power in absolute absolutely corrupts has been repeated throughout history—it unfortunately tends to be true. And yet, as the essayist Matthew Arnold remarked, Marcus proved himself worthy of the position he was in.
Marcus has only one core work, which was actually never intended for publication: his Meditations (originally titled “To Himself”). This is not only one of greatest books ever written but perhaps the only book of its kind. It is the definitive text on self-discipline, personal ethics, humility, self-actualization and strength.
“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
"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." – Marcus Aurelius
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“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” #MarcusAurelius #stoicism
'Such as your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind.' - #MarcusAurelius #habits
#MarcusAurelius was a scholar of his. "We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak." Epictetus
“Do not think that what is hard for you to master is humanly impossible; and if it is humanly possible, consider it to be within your reach.” - #MarcusAureliu Receive without conceit. Release without struggle.