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A leading translation of Stoic philosophy in wise and practical aphorisms that have inspired Bill Clinton, Ryan Holiday, Anna Kendrick and many more.

Written in Greek by an intellectual Roman emperor without any intention of publication, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius offer a wide range of fascinating spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the leader struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe. Spanning from doubt and despair to conviction and exaltation, they cover such diverse topics as the question of virtue, human rationality, the nature of the gods and the values of leadership. But while the Meditations were composed to provide personal consolation, in developing his beliefs Marcus also created one of the greatest of all works of philosophy: a series of wise and practical aphorisms that have been consulted and admired by statesmen, thinkers and ordinary readers for almost two thousand years.

To provide a full understanding of Aurelius's seminal work, this edition includes explanatory notes, a general index, an index of quotations, an index of names, and an introduction by Diskin Clay putting the work in its biographical, historical, and literary context, a chronology of Marcus Aurelius's life and career.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2006
ISBN: 9780140449334
Branch Call Number: 188 Ma
Description: xlvi, 254 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Hammond, Martin 1944-
Clay, Diskin


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Jan 02, 2017

Learned about his book when I heard the future Secretary of Defense nominee carried this book with him nearly all the time. Excellent material and well worth anyone's time to read and absorb. Some priceless wisdom

Oct 25, 2016

There is nothing jarring about the translation, and the introduction is clear, although perhaps it explains too much. The notes are about as long as the work itself. The work itself is excellent, prudent, wise; to be dipped into, and out of again, reflected upon, and dipped into again.

Sep 14, 2016

An excellent introduction to the Stoic philosophy if you're unfamiliar with it.
“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Aug 16, 2016

All hail the Philosopher King

Mar 08, 2016

Was never meant to be published, so reads a bit choppy and like peeking at someones youthful diary.

"Tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own—not of the same blood or birth, but the same mind, and possessing a share of the divine. And so none of them can hurt me. No one can implicate me in ugliness. Nor can I feel angry at my relative, or hate him. We were born to work to together… To obstruct each other is unnatural. To feel anger at someone, to turn your back on him: these are obstructions."

May 21, 2015

Excellent Stoic philosophy- still has relevance today.

Multcolib_Research May 23, 2013

"The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus embodied in his person that deeply cherished, ideal figure of antiquity, the philosopher-king. His Meditations are not only one of the most important expressions of the Stoic philosophy of his time but also an enduringly inspiring guide to living a good and just life. Written in moments snatched from military campaigns and the rigors of politics, these ethical and spiritual reflections reveal a mind of exceptional clarity and originality, and a spirit attuned to both the particulars of human destiny and the vast patterns that underlie it." (Emperor of Rome, 121–180 A.D.)

unbalancedbutfair Dec 09, 2012

I really enjoyed this work. This was a wise man. A serious but humble student of philosophy who also happened to be a good Roman Emperor. There is a lot of wisdom in this book. You shouldn't walk away from this thinking that he has the answers. I don't even think he would want that if he saw us centuries later reading his work, but you should walk away with a few thoughts worth thinking. It's a different way of viewing the world. A way that has been largely lost and one that the world is poorer for having lost. It is one worth entertaining.

Nov 27, 2012

I can't believe no one has commented on this book. Incredibly inspiring, especially for today's social climate and its effects on the individual. Live YOUR life, whatever that may entail, and stop worrying about your friends on Instagram and Facebook wasting away theirs.

Dec 29, 2011

Written by one of the “gentler, kinder” Roman emperors in the 2nd century CE, Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations is a diary filled with words of enlightenment that the author wrote to himself, with no intention of them ever being published.

The journal is composed of 12 books, each containing numerous paragraphs referred to as chapters.

The purpose of his work was clearly an ongoing attempt at self-improvement as well as one of comfort and direction in what could only have been brutal and unstable times.
His contemplations make one realize the triviality of events in one’s life when compared to the big picture and provides a different perspective on life and death. It shows how to break things down into their simplest form and to look at them for what they really are, without all the emotional baggage we accumulate over time
Though I do not agree with everything Marcus Aurelius has to say, I do find most of his thoughts eye opening and intelligent. One can find strength and serenity in his wisdom. It surprised me that someone who lived nearly 2000 years ago had such insight that still applies to humanity today. Exceptionally inspiring.

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Oct 06, 2015

"A personality in balance: dignity and grace together.
Doing your job without whining.
That no one could ever have felt patronized by him-or in a position to patronize him.
A sense of humor."

Dec 29, 2011

Book 5 chapter 16 - Your mind will take on the character of your most frequent thoughts: souls are dyed by thoughts.


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