Marcus Aurelius was one of the most educated Roman emperors, interested in Greek, Latin, and especially in Stoicism philosophy.
Apart from the fact that he was emperor (which is quite big success regardless of the age he lived in), Stoicism focused mainly on reasoning and motive, which are important things for men (and women) seeking self improvement.
Marcus Aurelius Quotes
The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
Our life is what our thoughts make it.
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
In other words how we are perceived depends almost entirely on the way we feel about ourselves. The vibes/aura you project, the positiveness (or negativeness) comes from the inside. Women (human in general) pick up these vibes, and react analogously. If you don’t feel good about yourself and/or you don’t respect yourself, why should other people do?
A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions.
What are your emotions towards people without purpose? Probably not too positive. Deeply inside we value people who are focused at their aim more, than we value people without mission. Find your motivation.
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 opinions of himself than on the opinions of others.
You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
We can’t control all the future events, but we can control how we react, when something tragic happens. It will either shock you so hard that you will stay on square one for years, or you will just smile and move on.
These are my favorite quotes by Marcus Aurelius. It’s unbelieveable that people are still struggling with finding their purpose, while it already was human’s duty in ancient history.
Marcus wrote a book later called “Meditations”. It was published after his death, but the date is unknown.
It’s hard to read it (even translated version), but if you are passionate about philosophy, then you should give it a go. Changed my views completely.