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Developing Positive Character Traits: 15 Quotes to Inspire you.

I am the greatest, I said that before I knew I was - Muhammad Ali

There’s a lot of important stuff they simply don’t teach in school.

They don’t teach you how to run your brain. They don’t teach you how to make your life work. They spend too much time testing your IQ and not enough helping you develop your EQ

They don’t teach how to live well, love well, and deal with illness and death well.

So, if you’re looking for clues, you can still do no better than look to the ancient philosophers.

Marcus Aurelius was depicted in the film ‘Gladiators’ as the last of the good emperors.

Now you can get inspiration from the words of this gentle Roman emperor-philosopher. He knew the secret of the positive character traits that help us live our very best life, both then and now.

15 quotes to inspire you

1. Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”

2. “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

3. “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

4. “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

5. “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”

6. “When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …”

7. “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

8. “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”

9. “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”

10. “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.”

11. “The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.”

12. “Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.”

13. “Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”

14. “How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.”

15. “Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.”



Frances Masters

Frances Masters is a BACP accredited psychotherapist with over 30,000 client hours of experience. Follow her @fusioncoachuk, or visit The Integrated Coaching Academy for details about up coming training.