Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor who was considered to have been one of the most stoic philosophers. He was and is respected as a literary great, and for being able to find poise in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of direction and motivation. There has been some debate about the authenticity of quotes credited to Marcus Aurelius as the biographies and manuscripts are very sketchy and often considered unreliable. Later biographies of Marcus Aurelius were predominantly penned by one author.
Albert Ellis the founder of REBT* was inspired by the teachings of ‘modern’ philosophers including Marcus Aurelius therefore, it is only fitting that Marcus Aurelius’ quotes are considered as part of the core REBT philosophy.
Some of Marcus Aurelius’ well known quotes are:
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.
Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature’s delight.
Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
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.
When you read these quotes you cannot help but feel peace. The quotes above are pure and an endeavour to put the challenges of everyday life into perspective in a non-threatening way.
What is your favourite quote and where did it come from?
* What is REBT? Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) was developed in the 1950’s by Albert Ellis and is based on the assumption that what we label our emotional reactions are largely caused by our conscious and unconscious interpretations, evaluations and philosophies, ie. it is not just feeling but also thinking. Maybe the first insight into the mind body connection?