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Written in Greek by an intellectual Roman emperor without any intention of publication, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) 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 Aurelius's own emotions. 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.
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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Andrew Kyle Bacon
Jul 11, 2018

At times this book is brilliant, at other times a slog, but what can you expect? This is less of a book than it is a man's stream of consciousness pondering about life. It is, strictly speaking, a philosophical diary. It contains great insight into what it means to be human, and how human beings should act and treat one another; at the same time, it can leave you scratching your head at some of the more absurd sayings and thoughts in the book. It is, however, a great first-hand account of Stoic philosophy, shedding much light into that philosophical movement which gave the apostle Paul such trouble at Athens.

Anyway, this book is not boring enough to merit fewer stars, nor profound enough to merit more. I liked it, yet I did not love it. It contains some of the finest quotes I've ever read, and I'll revisit them often, I'm sure. That said, I doubt I'll ever read through the whole tome again.

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.

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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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