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Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
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May 28, 11

bookshelves: roman-classics, philosophy
Recommended for: Romans
Read from May 28 to 29, 2011, read count: 1

I suppose the most astonishing thing for me is that a famous quote from Aurelius goes like this "Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones."

This oft quoted quote (a throwback to Epicurus) stands proudly as a logical contradiction to Pascal's wager, however, throughout the Meditations, you can't help but note Aurelius' piety and his call for others to also be pious. I wonder which god he has in mind. I'm sure he must have been referring to Jupiter or Jove when he says God, and suspect my translation as having taken liberties. Nonetheless it was a good read and chock full of quotable pearls of wisdom.
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