Marcus Aurelius was Rome’s emperor from 161 to 180 AD, but my interest in him is largely confined to the superb number of quotable literary -and life- quotes found in his famous collection of meditations. In an age where things often seem upside down, many of his thoughts are worthy of dissemination and contemplation.
On the choice to ignore the noise:
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.
On the silliness of being obsessed with the impressions we make on others at the expense of personal integrity and character:
I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others.
But if you want to leave a good impression, here’s how:
If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.
A good rule of thumb in a world gone mad:
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.
I hope you enjoyed these gems from the meditations of Marcus Aurelius.