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Marcus Aurelius

Quote of Marcus Aurelius - Often he who omits an act...

Biography - Marcus Aurelius:

Emperor of Rome.
Born: 121 - Died: 180
2nd century
Place of birth: Italy

Often he who omits an act does injustice, not only he who commits an act.



Other version: "Omissions no less than commissions are oftentimes part of injustice."

Source: Meditations

Internet Archive - The Meditations Of The Emporor Marcus Antoninus (gr) (en) 

Wikisource - Pensées de Marc-Aurèle (fr) 

Often he who omits an act does injustice, not only he who commits an act.



(French, German, Italian)

Bien souvent on se rend coupable en négligeant d'agir, et non pas seulement en agissant.

Oft tut auch der Unrecht, der nichts tut; wer das Unrecht nicht verbietet, wenn er kann, befiehlt es.

Spesso commette ingiustizia non solo colui che fa qualcosa, ma anche colui che non la fa.

See also 

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Responsible one is not only for what you do but also for what it does not.

The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.

In one sense choice is possible, but what is not possible is not to choose. I can always choose, but I must know that if I do not choose, that is still a choice.

To have and not to give is in some cases worse than stealing.

Quotes for: action


Quotes about action:

I have laboured carefully, not to mock, lament, or execrate, but to understand human actions.

One should be light like a bird, and not like a feather.

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.

Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.


Quotes for: injustice

Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.

The right of the strongest is the strongest wrong.

The danger of success is that it makes us forget the world's dreadful injustice.

Only truth can face injustice. Truth, or love.

If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.

To tolerate is to take upon oneself; a tolerance that comes into being on the backs of others is no longer tolerance. To tolerate the suffering of others, to tolerate an injustice of which we are not a victim or an atrocity that we are spared is not tolerance but selfishness, indifference, or worse.


Marcus Aurelius also said...

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.

At any moment you choose you can retire within yourself. Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.

Examine men's ruling principles, even those of the wise, what kind of things they avoid, and what kind they pursue.

While you live, while it is in your power, be good.

Very little is needed to make a happy life.

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.

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