FAVORITE STOIC QUOTE (Marcus Aurelius)

FAVORITE STOIC QUOTE (Marcus Aurelius)

The philosophy of Stoicism is steeped in actionable advice that we can apply to nearly all aspects of our lives. There are several that have been influential on me and my development over the years.

FAVORITE QUOTE

Today’s favorite quote comes from Marcus Aurelius from book V of his Meditations.

Soon you’ll be ashes or bones. A mere name at most—and even that is just a sound, an echo. The things we want in life are empty, stale, trivial.

Marcus Aurelius. Meditations. V.33

WHY THIS QUOTE MATTERS TO ME

The quote is a constant reminder about how short time is and how the things we worry most about are not worth the worrying. Marcus’s reminder that the things we want, fame, success, a big house, they’re all trivial. Yes, they help to provide padding and comfort to our lives, but as he later states in the Meditations, all one truly needs for a good life is already within themselves.

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