The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus/General Index

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The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus by George Long
General Index

The paragraphs (par.) and lines (l.) are those of the sections.

  • Active, man is by nature, ix. 16.
  • Advice from the good to be taken, vii. 21; viii. 16.
  • Affectation,vii. 60; viii. 30; xi. 18 (par. 9), 19.
  • Anger discouraged, vi. 26, 27; xi. 18.
  • Anger, offenses of, ii. 10.
  • Anger, uselessness of, v. 28; viii. 4
  • Appearances not to be regarded, v. 36; vi. 3, 13.
  • Astonishment should not be felt at any thing that happens, viii. 15; xii. 1 (sub fine), 13.
  • Attainment, what is within every one's, vii. 67; viii. 8.
  • Attention to what is said or done, vi. 53; vii. 4, 30; viii. 22.


  • Bad, the, ii. 1.
  • Beautiful, the, ii. 1.


  • Casual. See Formal.
  • Change keeps the world ever new, vii. 25; viii. 50 (l. 13); xii. 23 (l. 10)
  • Change, law of, iv. 3 (sub f.), 36, v. 13, 23; vi. 4, 15, 36; vii. 18; viii. 6; ix. 19, 28 (par. 2), 35; x. 7, 18; xii. 21.
  • Change, no evil in, iv. 42.
  • Christians, the xi. 3.
  • Circle, things come round in a, ii. 14.
  • Comedy, new, xi. 6.
  • Comedy, Old, xi. 6.
  • Complaining, uselessness of, viii. 17, 50.
  • Connection. See Universe.
  • Conquerers are robbers, x. 10.
  • Contentment. See Resignation.
  • Co-operation. See Mankind and Universe.


  • Daemon, the, ii. 13, 17; iii. 6 (l. 8), 7, 16 (l. 18); v. 10 (sub f.) 27; xii. 3 (sub. f.).
  • Death, ii. 11, 12, 17; iii. 3, 7; iv. 5; v. 33; vi. 2, 24, 28; vii. 32; viii. 20, 58; ix. 3, 21; x. 36; xii. 23, 23, 35.
  • Death inevitable, iii. 3; iv. 3 (l. 22), 6, 32, 48, 50; v. 33; vi. 47; viii. 25, 31.
  • Desire, offenses of, ii. 10.
  • Destiny, iii. 11 (l. 19); iv. 26; v. 8 (l. 13, etc.), 24; vii. 57; x. 5.
  • Discontent. See Resignation.
  • Doubts discussed, vi. 10; vii. 75; ix. 28, 39; xii. 5, 14,
  • Duty, all-importance of, vi. 2, 22; x. 22.


  • Earth, insignificance of the, iii. 10; iv. 3 (par. 1, sub f.); vi. 2; viii. 21; xii. 32.
  • Earthly things, transitory nature of, ii. 12, 17; iv. 32, 33, 35, 48; v. 23; vi. 15, 36; vii. 21, 34; viii. 21, 25; x. 18, 31; xii. 27.
  • Earthly things, worthlessness of, ii. 12; v. 10, 33; vi. 15; vii. 3; ix. 24, 36; xi. 2; xii. 27.
  • Equanimity, x. 8.
  • Example, we should not follow bad, vi. 6; vii. 65.
  • Existence, meanness of, viii. 24.
  • Existence, the object of, v. 1; viii. 19.
  • External things cannot really harm a man, or affect the soul, ii. 11 (l. 22); iv. 3 (par. 2, sub f.); 8, 39, 49 (par. 2); v. 35; vii. 64; viii. 1 (sub f.); 32, 51 (par. 2); ix. 31; x. 33.


  • Failure, x. 12.
  • Fame, worthlessness of, iii. 10; iv. 3 (l. 45), 19, 33 (l. 10); v. 33; vi. 16, 18; vii. 34; viii. 1, 44; ix. 30.
  • Fear, what we ought to, xii. 1 (l. 18).
  • Fellowship. See Mankind.
  • Few things necessary for a virtuous and happy life, ii. 5; iii. 10; vii. 67; x. 8 (l. 22).
  • Flattery, xi. 18 (par. 10).
  • Formal, the, and the material, iv. 21 (par. 2); v. 13; vii. 10, 29; viii. 11; ix. 25; xii. 8, 10, 18.
  • Future, we should not be anxious about the, vii. 8; viii. 11; ix. 25; xii. 1.


  • Gods, perfect justice of the, xii. 5 (par. 2).
  • Gods, the, vi. 44; xii. 28.
  • Gods, the, cannot be evil, ii. 11; vi. 44.
  • Good, the, ii. 1.


  • Habit of thought, v. 16.
  • Happiness, what is true, v. 9 (sub f.), 34; viii. 1; x. 33.
  • Help to be accepted from others, xii. 7.
  • Heroism, true, xi. 18 (par. 10).


  • Ignorance. See Wrong-doing.
  • Independence. See Self-reliance.
  • Indifferent things, ii. 11 (sub f.); ix. 39; vi 32; ix, 1; (l. 30).
  • Individual, the. See Interests.
  • Infinity. See Time.
  • Ingratitude. See Mankind.
  • Injustice, ix. 1.
  • Intelligent soul, rational beings participate in the same, iv. 40; ix. 8, 9; x. 1 (l. 15); xii. 26, 30.
  • Interests of the whole and the individual identical, iv. 23; v. 8 (l. 34); vi. 45, 54; x. 6, 20, 33 (sub f.); xii. 23 (l. 12).


  • Justice, v. 34; x. 11; xi. 10.
  • Justice and reason identical, xi. 1 (sub f.).
  • Justice prevails everywhere, iv. 10.


  • Leisure, we ought to have some, viii. 51.
  • Life, a good, everywhere possible, v. 16.
  • Life can only be lived once, ii. 14; x. 31 (l. 11).
  • Life, shortness of, ii. 4, 17; iii. 10, 14; iv. 17, 48 (sub f.). 50; vi. 15, 36, 56; x. 31, 34.
  • Life to be made a proper use of, without delay, ii. 4; iii. 1, 14; iv. 17, 37; vii. 56; viii. 22; x. 31 (l. 14); xii. 1 (l. 18).
  • Life, whether long or short, matters not, vi. 49; ix. 33; xii. 36.


  • Magnanimity, x. 8.
  • Mankind, co-operation and fellowship of, one with another; ii. 1 (l. 11), 16; iii. 4 (sub f.); 11 (sub f.); iv. 4, 33 (sub f.); v. 16 (l. 11), 20; vi. 7, 14 (sub f.), 23, 39; vii. 5, 13, 22, 55; viii. 12, 26, 34, 43, 59; ix. 1, 9 (sub f.), 23, 31, 42 (sub. f.); x. 36, (l. 16); xi. 8, 21; xii. 20.
  • Mankind, folly and baseness of, v. 10 (l. 9); ix. 2, 3 (l. 13), 29; x. 15, 19.
  • Mankind, ingratitude of, x. 36.
  • Material, the. See Formal.


  • Nature, after products of, iii. 2; vi. 36.
  • Nature, bounds fixed by, v. 1.
  • Nature, man formed by, to bear all that happens to him, v. 18; viii. 46.
  • Nature, nothing evil, which is according to, ii. 17 (sub f.); vi. 33.
  • Nature of the universe. See Universe, nothing that happens is contrary to the nature of the.
  • Nature, perfect beauty of, iii. 2; vi. 36.
  • Nature, we should live according to, iv. 48 (sub. f.), 51; v. 3. 25; vi. 16 (l. 12); vii. 15, 55; viii. 1, 54; x. 33.
  • New, nothing, under the sun, ii. 14 (l. 11); iv. 44; vi. 37, 46; vii. 1, 49; viii. 6; ix. 14; x. 27; xi. 1.


  • Object, we should always act with a view to some, ii. 7, 16 (l. 12); iii. 4; iv. 2; viii. 17; x. 37; xi. 21; xii. 20.
  • Obsolete, all things become, iv. 33.
  • Omissions, sins of, ix. 5.
  • Opinion, iv. 3 (par. 2) (sub f.), 7, 12, 39; vi. 52, 57; vii. 2, 14, 16, 26, 68; viii. 14, 29, 40, 47, 49; ix. 13, 29 (l. 12), 32, 42 (l. 21); x. 3; xi. 16, 18; xii. 22, 25.
  • Others' conduct not to be inquired into, iii. 4; iv. 18; v. 25.
  • Others, opinion of, to be disregarded, viii. 1 (l. 12); x. 8 (l. 12), 11; xi. 13; xii. 4.
  • Others, we should be lenient towards, ii. 13 (sub f.); iii. 11 (sub f.); iv. 3 (l. 16); v. 33 (l. 17); vi. 20, 27; vii. 26, 62, 63, 70; ix. 11, 27; x. 4; xi. 9, 13, 18; xii. 16.
  • Others, we should examine the ruling principles of; iv. 38; ix. 18, 22, 27, 34.
  • Ourselves often to blame for expecting men to act contrary to their nature, ix. 42 (l. 31).
  • Ourselves, reformation should begin with, xi. 29.
  • Ourselves, we should judge, x. 30; xi. 18 (par. 4).


  • Pain, vii. 33, 64; viii. 28.
  • Perfection not to be expected in this world, ix. 29 (l. 7).
  • Perseverance, v. 9; x. 12.
  • Perturbation, vi. 16 (sub f.); viii. 58; ix. 31.
  • Pessimism, ix. 35.
  • Philosophy, v. 9; vi. 12; ix. 41 (l. 15).
  • Pleasure, he who pursues, is guilty of impiety, ix. 1 (l. 24).
  • Pleasures are enjoyed by the bad, vi. 34; ix. 1 (l. 30).
  • Power, things in our own, v. 5, 10 (sub f.); vi. 32, 41, 52, 58; vii. 2, 14, 54, 68; x. 32, 33.
  • Power, things not in our own, v. 33 (sub f.); vi. 41.
  • Practice is good, even in things which we despair of accomplishing, xii. 6.
  • Praise, worthlessness of, iii. 4 (sub f.); iv. 20; vi. 16, 59; vii. 62; viii. 52, 53; ix. 34.
  • Prayer, the right sort of, v. 7; ix. 40.
  • Present time the only thing a man really possesses, ii. 14; iii. 10; viii. 44; xii. 3 (sub f.)
  • Procrastination, See Life to be made a proper use of, etc.
  • Puppet pulled by strings of desire, ii. 2; iii. 16; vi. 16, 28; vii. 3, 29; xii. 19.


  • Rational soul. See Ruling part.
  • Rational soul, spherical form of the, viii. 41 (sub f.); xi. 12; xii. 3 (and see Ruling part).
  • Reason, all-prevailing, v. 32; vi. 1, 40.
  • Reason and nature identical, vii. 11.
  • Reason the, can adapt everything that happens to its own use, v. 20; vi. 8; vii. 68 (l. 16); viii. 35; x. 31 (sub f.).
  • Reason, we should live according to. See Nature.
  • Repentance does not follow renouncement of pleasure, viii. 10.
  • Resignation and contentment, iii. 4 (l. 27, etc.), 16 (l. 10, etc.); iv. 23, 31, 33 (sub f.), 34; v. 8 (sub f.), 33 (l. 16); vi. 16 (sub f.), 44, 49; vii. 27, 57; ix. 37; x. 1, 11, 14, 25, 28, 35.
  • Revenge, best kind of, vi. 6.
  • Rising from bed, v. 1; viii. 11.
  • Ruling part, the, ii. 2; iv. 11, 19, 21, 26; vi. 14, 35; vii. 16, 55 (par. 2); viii. 45, 48, 56, 57, 60, 61; ix. 15, 26; x. 24, 33 (l. 21), 38; xi. 1, 19, 20; xii. 3, 14.


  • Self-reliance and steadfastness of soul, iii. 5 (sub f.), 12; iv. 14, 29 (l. 5), 49 (par. 1); v. 3, 34 (l. 5); vi. 44 (l. 15); vii. 12, 15; ix. 28 (l. 8), 29 (sub f.); xii. 14.
  • Self-restraint, v. 33 (sub f.).
  • Self, we should retire into, iv. 3 (l. 4 and par. 2); vii. 28, 33, 59; viii. 48.
  • Senses, movements of the, to be disregarded, v. 31 (l. 10); vii. 55 (par. 2); viii. 26, 39; x. 8 (l. 13); xi. 19; xii. 1 (l. 18).
  • Social. See Mankind.
  • Steadfastness of soul. See Self-reliance.
  • Substance, the universal, iv. 40; v. 24; vii. 19, 23; xii. 30.
  • Suicide, v. 29; viii. 47 (sub f.); x. 8 (l. 35).


  • Time compared to a river, iv. 43.
  • Time, infinity of, iv. 3 (l. 35), 50 (sub f.); v. 24; ix. 32; xii. 7, 32.
  • Tragedy, xi. 6.
  • Tranquillity of soul, iv. 3; vi. 11; vii. 68; viii. 28.


  • Ugly, the, ii. 1.
  • Unintelligible things, v. 10.
  • Universe, harmony of the, iv. 27, 45; v. 8 (l. 14).
  • Universe, intimate connection and co-operation of all things in the, one with another, ii. 3, 9; iv. 29; v. 8, 30; vi. 38, 42, 43; vii. 9, 19, 68 (sub f.); viii. 7; ix. 1; x. 1.
  • Universe, nothing that dies falls out of the, viii. 18, 50 (l. 13); x. 7 (l. 25).
  • Universe, nothing that happens is contrary to the nature of the, v. 8, 10 (sub f.); vi. 9, 58; viii. 5; xii. 26.
  • Unnecessary things, v. 45.
  • Unnecessary thoughts, words, and actions, iii. 4; iv. 24.


  • Vain professions, x. 16; xi. 15.
  • Virtue, vi. 17.
  • Virtue its own reward, v. 6; vii. 73; ix. 42. (l. 47); xi. 4.
  • Virtue, omnipotence of, iv. 16.
  • Virtue, pleasure in contemplating, vi. 48.


  • Whole, integrity of the, to be preserved, v. 8 (sub f.).
  • Whole, the. See Interests.
  • Wickedness has always existed, vii. 1.
  • Wickedness must exist in the world, viii. 15, 50; ix. 42; xi. 18 (par. ii); xii. 16.
  • Worst evil, the, ix. 2 (l. 9.)
  • Worth and importance, things of real, iv. 33 (sub f.); v. 10 (l. 16); vi. 16, 30 (l. 7), 47 (sub f.); vii. 20, 44, 46, 58, 66; viii. 2, 3, 5; ix. 6, 12; x. 8 (l. 27), 11; xii. 1, 27, 31, 33.
  • Wrong-doing cannot really harm any one, vii. 22; viii. 55; ix. 42 (l. 25); x. 13 (par. 1); xi. 18 (par. 7).
  • Wrong-doing injures the wrong-doer, iv. 26; ix. 4, 38; xi. 18 (par. 3).
  • Wrong-doing owing to ignorance, ii. 1, 13; vi. 27; vii. 22, 26, 62, 63; xi. 18 (par. 3); xii. 22.
  • Wrong-doing to be left where it is, vii. 29; ix. 20.


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