Written in Greek by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, without any intention of publication, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) offer a remarkable series of challenging spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the emperor struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe. Ranging from d...more
“Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill will, and selfishness-- all of them due to the offender’s ignorance of what is good and evil. That people of a certain type should behave as they do is inevitable. To wish it otherwise were to wish the fig-tree would not yield its juice.Marcus Aurelius (A.D.121-181) ruled Rome d...more
Meditations is an entire book of motivational advice to inspire us in the ways of stoicism. It is a manual for being a complete, mature adult. It is a guide for living a dignified, thoughtful life.
Consider: "Suppose that...more
The only reason that this was preserved in the first place is that the author happened to be a Roman emperor. (That, and that ancient Rome didn't have LiveJournal.)
The only reason that Meditations is still being published today is that once a book gets labeled "classic," hardly anyone who reads it has the grapes to admit that it just wasn't that good. Well...the emperor has no clothes.
my favorite quotation
Stoic philosopher, and a Roman Emperor from 161 to 180
try to imagine this man was a roman emperor as Nero, caligula and dioclite BUT why was he different ?he has a very good introduction about his education,
The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it...more
My favorite Books were One, Eight, and Eleven.
It's appropriate, and p...more
أوريليوس: إن اللطف لا يقاوم، طالما كان أصيلا بدون ابتسامات زائفة أو تظاهر
أوريليوس: إن غضبنا وضيقنا يؤذياننا أكثر من الأشياء التي تغضبنا وتضايقنا
أوريليوس: لا تضع مزيدا من الوقت في مناقشة كيف يكون الرجل الصالح؟ كن واحدا من هؤلاء الرجال
أوريليوس: اترك أخطاء الآخرين حيث ارتكبت
أوريليوس: امح الخيالات، وتحكم في الاندفاع، واطفئ الشهوة، واجعل من عقلك سيدا لك
أوريليوس: إذا أردت أن ترفع من معنوياتك، ففكر في فضائل أصدقائك
أوريليوس: إن كان من الصعب عليك أن تقوم بعمل ما، فلا تستنتج من ذ...more
The heart of the book is that in order to make oneself free, they must train themselves to become indifferent to externals. The externals ar...more
I am now actually in possession of this particular and fairly recent edition. Very good introduction, excellent notes with cross-referencing, and a very useful index of key words, concepts and ideas.
The Meditations still has, I believe, something to offer us, more in the way of agenda set...more
Wisdom from a moral Roman leader!:
"Display those virtues which are wholly in your own power: integrity, dignity, hard work, self-denial, contentment, frugality, kindness, independence, simplicity, discretion, magnanimity. Do you not see how many virtues you can already display without any excuse of lack of talent or aptitude? And yet you are still conte...more
Definitely keep this volume on your night stand and refer to it from time to time. It needs to steep in your mind. You can't just read it and mark it off your list. The stoic philosopher king has plenty of prose to contemplate. A good book.
For those who would like to hear Meditations while working or driving, goto the Libriovox recordings: http://librivox.org/the-meditations-o...
"X. These two rules, thou must have always in a readiness. First, do nothing at all, but what reason proceeding from that regal and supreme part, shall for the good and benefit of men, suggest unto thee. And secondly, if any man that is present shall be able to rectify thee or to turn thee from some erroneous persuasion, that thou be always ready to change thy mind, and this change to proceed, not from any respect of any pleasure or credi...more
A remarkable book that narrates and explains the different viewpoints in the natural life of Marcus Aurelius. This book is one of the most complex yet simple philosophy books ever...more
"Never say of anything, "I have lost it"; but, "I have returned it." Is your chil...more
I think the two most interesting parts of the book are (1)...more
From book 5, 22 - This reminded me of Hurricane Catrina and our failure in New Orleans.
"What is not harmful to the city, cannot harm the citizen. In every fancied case of harm, apply the rule, 'If the city is not harmed, I am not harmed either.' But if the city should indeed be harmed, never rage at the culpr...more
Update: after I wrote the above line, I tried to find out where Aurelius was really buried and it seems that his ashes used to be kept at the Castel Sant' Angelo in Parco Adriano, Rome. But in 410, these ashes and those of other emperors were scatted during the Visigoth sack of Rome. I mention this because I think Aurelius would have found it very amusing to have been scattered into the river, confirming his view of life and dea...more
Chris Hedges EAT YOUR HEART OUT.
Aurelius' Meditations, just into my second reading, is a wonderful statement of stoicism by an Emperor late in life , on campaign in the Empire. His articulations of cosmopolitanism, the rhythms and reason of nature, and the essential importance o...more
not something that you can read in a day, and for all of those "i am a fast reader" people out there, slow down and actually understand what you are reading. marcus' philosophies are so simple they are complex. he follows stoic teachings, with heavy reliance on nature, fate, and natural goodness. i didn't really derive any answers as to why people aren't, then, inherently good. maybe you will, tho...more
As for the actual book, I quite enjoyed it. The fact that it was supposedly never supposed to be published in Marcus' eyes...more
At a wedding recently
I was chatting to a friend,
a young woman in her early thirties
whom I've known since she was quite young.
She was telling me how
she set her younger half-sister
on the Road to "True Values"
by giving her a copy of
the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.
I was amazed, thrilled and pleased
that young people could be
into Marcus Aurelius
in a profound and active way.
Her half-sister is now studying in Italy.
I've only skimmed my copy but then and there decided to read it from cover to cove...more
Meditations is a unique work. It is a combination of aphorisms, self-exhortation, and recycled Stoic philosophy, written by a Roman emperor. to himself. It was recommended to me by a number of different people-- a self improvement subreddit I often visit, a professor who I told about my burgeoning interest in self-improvement and meditation, and in various Reddit threads about what the most important book to the poster was. So I was expecting quite a book.
I wasn't disappointed. It is not the mos...more
One measure, perhaps, of a book's worth, is its intergenerational pliancy: do new readers acquire it and interpret it afresh down through the ages? The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, translated and introduced by Gregory Hays, by that standard, is very worthwhile, indeed. Hays suggests that its most recent incarnation--as a self-help book--is not only valid, but may be close to the author's intent. The book, which Hays calls, fondly, a "haphazard set of notes," is indicative o
This book has the best and most honest advice I've read and it was the first book where I started to write down passages on note cards so I would never forget. The book will tell you to live better and I'm grateful that a man like Marcus Aurelius, who was the most powerful man in the world in his day, took the time to write down a book of l...more