Marcus Aurelius on finding Happiness

Observe what your nature wills and allow nothing to distract you. You have searched and searched but happiness has eluded you. You have not found happiness in logic nor in wealth nor in fame nor in pleasures, nor anywhere. Where is happiness, then? It lies in doing what your nature requires.

How might you do what your nature requires? By having principles from which you act. What principles? Principles that tell you good from bad. The first principle is that nothing is good that does not lead toward justice, moderation, strength, and freedom. The bad is that which leads away from these.

Book VIII.1


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