Meditations – Marcus Aurelius

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Meditations Book Cover Meditations
Marcus Aurelius
Philosophy
Penguin Books Great Ideas
2005
156

Stoicism at its finest!

The deconstruction of the human nature, done by Marcus Aurelius is second to none.

Remember that all you have is the now / stay away from pride and honor / do not fear death as it's only a natural part of life / do good.

Highly recommended!

5 Stars.

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Everything is only for a day, both that which remembers and that which is remembered.
“Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the universe loves nothing so much as to change things which are and to make new things like them. For everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.

Where a man can live, there he can also live a good life

He who loves fame considers another man’s activity to be his own good; and he who loves pleasure, his own sensations; but he who has understanding, considers his own acts to be his own good.

It is in our power to have no opinion about a thing, and not to be disturbed in our soul; for things themselves have no natural power to form our judgements.

 

Democritus says, ‘All else is subject to the law of convention: only the elements are absolute and real’

Today I have got out of all trouble, or rather I have cast out all trouble for it was not outside but within, and in my opinions

The healthy eye ought to see all visible things and not to say, I wish for green things; for this is the condition of the diseased eye. And the healthy hearing and smelling ought to be ready to perceive all that can be heard and smelled. And the healthy stomach ought to be with respect to all food just as the mill with respect to all things which it is formed to grind. And accordingly the healthy understanding ought to be prepared for everything which happens; but that which says, Let my dear children live, and let all men praise whatever I may do, is an eye which seeks for green things, or teeth which seek for soft things.

One man prays: ‘How can I sleep with that woman?’ Your prayer is: ‘How can I lose the desire to sleep with her?’ Another prays: ‘How can I be rid of that man?’ You pray: ‘How can I stop wanting to be rid of him?’ Another: ‘How can I save my little child?’ You: ‘How can I learn not to fear his loss?’ And so on. Give all your prayers this turn, and observe what happens.

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