Meditations of Marcus Aurelius summary

Few people can continue to act unkindly to you if you act kind to them.

Trusting people who are untrustworthy is an opportunity to reflect on yourself.

Evil people exist in the world, you should expect to encounter them from time to time.

Everything depends on how you interpret it.

Events are neutral, it is your response that matters.

Your mind will take the shape of your frequent thoughts.

All the things you should be doing but are not, is because you do not have control of your mind.

Do not allow pain to alter your behaviour.

Stay mindful and take deliberate actions.

All actions should be deliberate. Do not operate on autopilot.

Peace from external events can be reached from within your own mind. But do not retreat from the world.

Learn to feel affection for others.

Keep in mind the positive attributes of others for when your spirit is low.

Your opinion of yourself matters more than the opinion of a stranger.

“It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own”

Do what you know is best, regardless of others responses.

Be honest and straightforward.

Be open to correction.

Being corrected is better then being in self deceit.

You cannot control what others say, control your response instead.

Be in the mind of the speaker.

Power corrupts. Resist becoming despotic.

Have self respect.

There is nothing manly about giving in to emotion.

Avoid complaining. Do the job without whining.

The obstacle is the way. Difficult times are often opportunities for growth.

Every event creates new opportunities.

Adversity is part of nature.

The universe is indifferent to your existence.

Tragedies are part of life.

Do not fear tragedies.

It is through adversity that we get stronger.

There is nothing new in the human experience.

Everything has happened before.

Those who experienced it before are now dust.

Stop being aimless. So not let emotions override what you have decided upon.

Do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life.

Do not focus on any physical characteristic you cannot change.

If it is not right, do not do it.

Do not do a kind act in expectation of a reward.

Life is short and death comes to us all.

The time for action is now.

Decide today to start taking action.

Do not live as if you have endless year ahead.

Think of the life behind you as already dead. Take this new life and live it properly.

Don’t give up on attaining freedom.

Accept the limits placed on your life. Death comes for us all.

Practice getting back on track.

Do not listen to the voice telling you to give up.

Look beneath to see things for what they truely are.

Do not succumb to materialism.

Your only true goods are your virtues.

Treat what you don’t have as non existent.

Express gratitude.

Stop talking about what the good man is like, just be one

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