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Written in Greek, without any intention of publication, by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, 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 doubt and despair to conviction and ex Written in Greek, without any intention of publication, by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, 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 doubt and despair to conviction and exaltation, they cover such diverse topics as the nature of moral virtue, human rationality, divine providence, and Marcus' own emotions. But while the Meditations were composed to provide personal consolation and encouragement, in developing his beliefs Marcus Aurelius also created one of the greatest of all works of philosophy: a timeless collection of extended meditations and short aphorisms that has been consulted and admired by statesmen, thinkers and readers through the centuries.


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Written in Greek, without any intention of publication, by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, 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 doubt and despair to conviction and ex Written in Greek, without any intention of publication, by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, 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 doubt and despair to conviction and exaltation, they cover such diverse topics as the nature of moral virtue, human rationality, divine providence, and Marcus' own emotions. But while the Meditations were composed to provide personal consolation and encouragement, in developing his beliefs Marcus Aurelius also created one of the greatest of all works of philosophy: a timeless collection of extended meditations and short aphorisms that has been consulted and admired by statesmen, thinkers and readers through the centuries.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Russell

    In many important ways, the reflections of Marcus Aurelius (121-180) crystallize the philosophical wisdom of the Greco-Roman world. This little book was written as a diary to himself while emperor fighting a war out on the boarder of the Roman Empire and today this book is known to us as The Meditations. The Roman philosophers are not as well known or as highly regarded as Greek philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, or Zeno the Stoic - and for a simple reason: the Roman thinkers were n In many important ways, the reflections of Marcus Aurelius (121-180) crystallize the philosophical wisdom of the Greco-Roman world. This little book was written as a diary to himself while emperor fighting a war out on the boarder of the Roman Empire and today this book is known to us as The Meditations. The Roman philosophers are not as well known or as highly regarded as Greek philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, or Zeno the Stoic - and for a simple reason: the Roman thinkers were not primarily interested in abstract theory; rather, they were concerned with behavior, that is, understanding how to live in the everyday world and putting their understanding into practice; the goal being to live the life of an authentic philosopher, to be a person of high character and integrity, to develop inner strength and a quiet mind and value such strength and quietude above all else. Indeed, to accomplish such a lofty goal, the Romans realized the need for radical transformation, a complete overhauling of one's life through rigorous mental and physical training, like turning base metal into pure gold. And once a person takes on the role of a philosopher, their deeds must reflect their words - no hypocrisy, thank you! Thus, it isn't surprising the Romans put a premium on memorizing and internalizing simple proverbs and maxims and employed the metaphor of philosophy as the medicine to cure a sick soul. Turning now to Marcus Aurelius, we can appreciate how he imbibed the wisdom not only from the Stoics (along with Seneca and Epictetus, Marcus is considered one of the three major Roman Stoics), but he was also willing to learn from the schools of Epicurus, Plato and Aristotle. In the Greco-Roman world, being eclectic was perfectly acceptable; truth was valued over who said what. We find several recurring themes in The Meditations: develop self-discipline to gain control over judgments and desires; overcoming a fear of death; value an ability to retreat into a rich, interior mental life (one's inner citadel); recognize the world as a manifestation of the divine; live according to reason; avoid luxury and opulence. But generalizations will not approach the richness and wisdom nuggets a reader will find in Marcus's actual words. Thus, I conclude with my personal observations coupled with quotes from Book One, wherein Marcus begins by expressing heartfelt thanks to his family and teachers for the many fine lessons he learned as a youth. Here are four of my favorites: "Not to have frequented public schools, and to have had good teachers at home" ---------- After my own nasty experience with the mindless competition and regimentation of public schools, I wish I had Marcus's good fortune of excellent home schooling. "Not to meddle with other people's affairs, and not to be ready to listen to slander." ---------- I didn't need a teacher here; I recognized on my own at an early age that gossip is a colossal waste of time and energy, both listening to gossip and spreading gossip. I can't imagine a clearer indication of a base, coarse mind than someone inclined to gossip and slandering others. "To read carefully, and not to be satisfied with a superficial understanding of a book." ---------- How true. Reading isn't a race to get to the last page; matter of fact, I agree with Jorge Luis Borges that focused, precise rereading is the key to opening oneself to the wisdom of a book. "To be satisfied on all occasions, and be cheerful." ---------- I'm never in a hurry. Life is too beautiful to be in a hurry. For me, there is only one way to live each day: in joy and free from anxiety and worry. In a sense, all of the meditations of Marcus Aurelius amplify this simple view of life. I've written this review as an encouragement to make Marcus Aurelius a part of your life. You might not agree with everything he has to say, but you have to admit, Marcus has a really cool beard and head of hair.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brad Lyerla

    When I was a freshman in college, I lived in a dorm. My roommate was on the football team. He would write inspiring things on poster board and hang them in our room often on the ceiling above his bed to motivate himself. He favored straightforward sentiments like "never give up." The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius did not hang motivational posters for inspiration. Instead, he kept a journal in which he collected his thoughts about how to live well. MEDITATIONS is that book. Most people have heard When I was a freshman in college, I lived in a dorm. My roommate was on the football team. He would write inspiring things on poster board and hang them in our room often on the ceiling above his bed to motivate himself. He favored straightforward sentiments like "never give up." The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius did not hang motivational posters for inspiration. Instead, he kept a journal in which he collected his thoughts about how to live well. MEDITATIONS is that book. Most people have heard that Aurelius counsels to expect the worst and you will never be disappointed. While that is part of what he has to say, it is not the most interesting of what he has to say. At his most thoughtful, Aurelius calls on us to ask the best of ourselves and never mind the behavior of others. His MEDITATIONS is a work 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 a god announced that you were going to die tomorrow 'or the day after'. Unless you were a complete coward you wouldn't kick up a fuss about which day it was - what difference could it make? Now recognize that the difference between years from now and tomorrow is just as small." Book IV (Greg Hays trans., Modern Library) Or: "Concentrate every minute like a Roman - like a man - on doing what's in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice. And on freeing yourself from distractions. Yes, you can - if you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life, and stop being aimless, stop letting your emotions override what your mind tells you, stop being hypocritical, self-centered, irritable. You see how few things you have to do to live a satisfying and reverent life? If you can manage this, that's all even the gods can ask of you." Book II. And: "If at some point in your life, you should come across anything better than justice, honesty, self-control, courage - than a mind satisfied that it succeeded in enabling you to act rationally, and satisfied to accept what is beyond its control - if you find anything better than that, embrace it without reservations - it must be an extraordinary thing indeed - and enjoy it to the full." Book III That these thoughts came from the most powerful man in the world, a man whose personal power so vastly exceeded the personal power of any American president that we have difficulty comprehending it, makes it all the more impressive. Aurelius continually writes that strength comes from humility, self-restraint and good humor towards others. He teaches us to accept what we cannot control and to trust what we know. Good advice, indeed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Riku Sayuj

    Marcus Aurelius must have been a prolific reader. He sure was a prolific note-taker, for these meditations are surely his study-notes(?- after all he was a 'philosopher' from age 12). I don't know of the publishing system at the time but where are the detailed footnotes and references? Marcus Aurelius is quite a wise man or at least he read enough wise men. He sure nailed it as far as boring a reader is concerned. No better way to establish your book's wisdom quotient. I am being needlessly caust Marcus Aurelius must have been a prolific reader. He sure was a prolific note-taker, for these meditations are surely his study-notes(?- after all he was a 'philosopher' from age 12). I don't know of the publishing system at the time but where are the detailed footnotes and references? Marcus Aurelius is quite a wise man or at least he read enough wise men. He sure nailed it as far as boring a reader is concerned. No better way to establish your book's wisdom quotient. I am being needlessly caustic of course(do note my rating above). The book is quotable in almost every page and is good to dip in to now and then, you might well find an aphorism that fits the mood just right every time. And that is why the book is a classic and so well-loved. Don't read it as a scholar, you will end up like this reviewer. As I said earlier - He is like the wisdom of ages. Aargh :) Not that it is all bad - it is like reading an old uncles's notes after he has been preaching to you all your life. Good that I am a stoic too. All ills are imaginary. Yes. [ Or perhaps it was easier to be a Stoic while stoned: The emperor was a notorious opium user, starting each day, even while on military campaigns, by downing a nubbin of the stuff dissolved in his morning cup of wine. ]

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maru Kun

    Marcus gives us wise advice about using the Internet, particularly social networking sites: “...because most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you'll have more time and more tranquillity. Ask yourself at every moment, is this necessary…” He shares his opinions on the worst types of modern professional. He does not approve of lobbyists and is rightly worried about their influence on the legislative process. We should heed his words: “...so long as the law is safe, so i Marcus gives us wise advice about using the Internet, particularly social networking sites: “...because most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you'll have more time and more tranquillity. Ask yourself at every moment, is this necessary…” He shares his opinions on the worst types of modern professional. He does not approve of lobbyists and is rightly worried about their influence on the legislative process. We should heed his words: “...so long as the law is safe, so is the city and the citizen…”. He has harsh things to say about public relations executives; “...to say what you don't think - the definition of absurdity…”. He understands the modern office dynamic, reminding himself: “...Not to be constantly telling people that I am too busy, unless I really am. Similarly, not to be always ducking my responsibilities to the people around me because of "pressing business"..." Marcus has advice for politicians, which it is clear from this book he thinks are untrustworthy, illogical and prone to anger. He condemns unreservedly all their faults and the problems with the modern electoral system: “...it makes you betray a trust, or lose your sense of shame, or make you show hatred, suspicion, ill will, or hypocrisy, or a desire for things best done behind closed doors. “...A desire for things best done behind closed doors…” - Marcus is spot on in identifying a lack of democratic accountability, fostered by the CIA, NSA, GCHQ and the rest of the security paraphernalia, as being at the root of many of our current political problems. In the UK there is a tradition for politicians, or at least for the posher type of politician, to study “PPE” or “Politics, Philosophy and Economics” at either Oxford or Cambridge University. But despite such an expensive education our political masters don't have half the grasp on the classics that Marcus has, which is remarkable considering he was home-schooled. I wish Marcus would consider a career in politics just to show up our current representatives for the intellectual pygmies that they really are. Marcus also gives us advice on a more personal level. I don’t know much about his background but I can be sure he is the father of teenage children! Can he really keep his temper? “...they are drawn toward what they think is good for them, but if it is not good for them then prove it to them instead of losing your temper…” Unlike other self-help writers he doesn’t flinch at reminding us about our own mortality: “...Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now take what's left and live it properly…” We should remember: “...not to live as if you had endless years in front of you. Death overshadows you. While you're alive and able, be good…” and also “...how much more damage anger and grief do than the things that cause them…” How refreshing if more authors of self help books would confront squarely the central issue of our own mortality and our negative emotions of anger or frustration instead of forever hiding from these topics. So to end with my favorite paragraph, from book 10 paragraph 5. One for physicists as well as philosophers to puzzle over: “...whatever happens to you has been waiting to happen since the beginning of time. The twining strands of fate wove both of them together: your own existence and the things that happen to you. ..” I don’t normally read self help books. Often they seem full of cliches left over from the Victorian era. And in this book, which may have been modeled on the writings of Alain De Botton, Marcus mixes in a lot of philosophy and this just isn’t to everyone’s taste. But with this short work Marcus, who is Italian, and his co-author Gregory Hays have brought the format right up to date by reflecting squarely on the types of issues that we all face today. A great book by an author who - and this is no exaggeration - deserves a statue to be put up for him. I can only wish I could meet Marcus one day. In fact I’ll be checking out if he has any book signings lined up. If he has a decent agent I’m sure he has.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis Eisenstadt

    THINK ABOUT IT! Never before have I given a five star rating to a book of which I had only read 9%. However, this book is special in many ways, and if the beginning is any indication of the author's thoughts and reflections, it merits this rating. I eagerly await my future readings of this splendid work. Like the Bible, it can be opened to any page, and the passage will resonate with most people at various times in their life. Each passage stands by itself and is not dependent upon what had preced THINK ABOUT IT! Never before have I given a five star rating to a book of which I had only read 9%. However, this book is special in many ways, and if the beginning is any indication of the author's thoughts and reflections, it merits this rating. I eagerly await my future readings of this splendid work. Like the Bible, it can be opened to any page, and the passage will resonate with most people at various times in their life. Each passage stands by itself and is not dependent upon what had preceded it. Therefore, although I am in the midst of reading two other books, I pick this one up sporadically, read a few passages, and am not confused about plot and characters. Although the book was written in a manner easy to understand, it is anything but simplistic; it is profound and replete with wisdom. Further, it should be read slowly so that the reader may absorb the words and delight in the meditations of Aurelius. I have done much highlighting in order to remember certain passages, and I know I will reread them throughout the years. Once again, my friend Steve Sckenda has recommended quality literature to his GR friends for which I thank him most sincerely. Phyllis Eisenstadt

  6. 4 out of 5

    Foad

    جداى از جملات فراوانى ش كه به فكرم فرو برد - و جملات فراوانى كه حوصله م رو سر برد - يه خاطره ى ويژه هم با اين كتاب دارم، كه بيشتر براى يادآورى شخصى ثبتش مى كنم. يك روز داشتم كتاب رو توى شلوغى اتوبوس مى خوندم. و به اين فرازهاش رسيده بودم كه: لوسيلا، وروس را به خاك سپرد، سپس نوبت خودش فرا رسيد. سكوندا، ماكسيموس را دفن كرد و آن گاه نوبت خودش شد. اپيتينكانوس، ديوتيموس را تا دم مرگ مشايعت كرد و بعد از چندى خود نيز جان سپرد... كجايند آن مردان هوشمند، آن مردان بصير، آن مردان پرشكوه؟ همگى مدت هاست كه از د جداى از جملات فراوانى ش كه به فكرم فرو برد - و جملات فراوانى كه حوصله م رو سر برد - يه خاطره ى ويژه هم با اين كتاب دارم، كه بيشتر براى يادآورى شخصى ثبتش مى كنم. يك روز داشتم كتاب رو توى شلوغى اتوبوس مى خوندم. و به اين فرازهاش رسيده بودم كه: لوسيلا، وروس را به خاك سپرد، سپس نوبت خودش فرا رسيد. سكوندا، ماكسيموس را دفن كرد و آن گاه نوبت خودش شد. اپيتينكانوس، ديوتيموس را تا دم مرگ مشايعت كرد و بعد از چندى خود نيز جان سپرد... كجايند آن مردان هوشمند، آن مردان بصير، آن مردان پرشكوه؟ همگى مدت هاست كه از دنيا رفته اند... به سنگ نبشته هاى گورها بينديش: «آخرين فرد خاندانش». اجدادش چه رنج هايى را بر خود هموار كرده بودند تا وارثى داشته باشند، ولى سر انجام كسى بايد آخرين نفر مى بود و با مرگ او خاندانى از ميان رفته است. و این قدر به این نهیب ها ادامه داد که حال و هواى روزهايى كه توى قبرستان قدم مى زدم و نوشته هاى سنگ قبرها رو مى خوندم و به محتويات فعلى شون فكر مى كردم، توى سرم زنده شد. يهو اين فكر به سرم افتاد كه اين همه آدم كه دور من راه ميرن و حرف ميزنن و عرقریزان دنبال زندگی شونن، هر كارى هم بكنن هر چى هم بشه، صد سال ديگه محتويات قبرستان ها رو تشكيل ميدن، و خود من هم مثل همه. از اتوبوس پياده شدم، توى پياده ى روى شلوغ راه رفتم و فكر كردم: من دارم بين زامبى ها حركت مى كنم، بين مرده هاى متحرك، و فقط يه فكر نبود، یه احساس زنده و شفاف بود. ماركوس اورليوس براى يه خواننده ش بعد از دو هزار سال يه شهود ترتيب داده بود. اين حال شهود-مانند به مدت سه چهار دقيقه ادامه داشت، تا اين كه به مقصدم رسيدم و از بين جمعيت پياده رو بيرون رفتم، و اون حال هم از بين رفت.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Walter

    Another great influence in my life; this was the personal philosophical diary of the last "good emperor" of the Roman Empire. In this work Marcus Aurelius draws a picture Stoicism as a philosophy that I call "Buddhism with balls". It is a harsh self discipline that trains its practitioners to be champions (of a sort). Champions of what? Mastery of the self. 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 Another great influence in my life; this was the personal philosophical diary of the last "good emperor" of the Roman Empire. In this work Marcus Aurelius draws a picture Stoicism as a philosophy that I call "Buddhism with balls". It is a harsh self discipline that trains its practitioners to be champions (of a sort). Champions of what? Mastery of the self. The heart of the book is that in order to make oneself free, they must train themselves to become indifferent to externals. The externals are those elements in life of which we have no or little control: our ethnicity, sex appeal, intelligence, lifespan, the opinions of others, etc. We must also become very aware of the one thing which we do have control over: our perceptions. Through harsh self analysis, training of the reason and self discipline, we can learn to take control of our perceptions, and in this way become impervious to all misfortune/suffering. Through this practice one cuts the puppet strings by which most people are jerked through life: pleasing others, seeking fame, sexual dominance, material goods, etc., and in the process also is freed of the suffering that stems from not having these false goals met. This is a book that is extremely empowering. Even if some of the ideals and aims might be utterly impossible (but for a handful of great sages), they are worthy and worth striving towards. Another aspect that I found interesting, was that here we are able to open a window into the life of a great and noble soul who was struggling to come to terms with the universe. We read the personal thoughts of the master of the civilized world, a man utterly alone and free of peers, who is grappling with the need to find meaning in life. His efforts and obvious agonies are touching. This is a deeply humane work. In many sections he has to repeatedly remind himself of the nature of death (that it is an essential and good part of nature), and often repeated are metaphors relating to the death of a child. These reminders are made very poignant when you understand that several of the Emperor's children (who he apparently loved very much) were taken by disease. This was the one understanding that he seemed to have the hardest time coming to terms with or accepting.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Manuel Antão

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Wearing Mismatched Socks at Work is Empowering: "Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius, Gregory Hays (trans.) “Concentrate every minute like a Roman— like a man— on doing what’s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice. And on freeing yourself from all other distractions. Yes, you can— if you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life, and stop being aimless, stop lett If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Wearing Mismatched Socks at Work is Empowering: "Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius, Gregory Hays (trans.) “Concentrate every minute like a Roman— like a man— on doing what’s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice. And on freeing yourself from all other distractions. Yes, you can— if you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life, and stop being aimless, stop letting your emotions override what your mind tells you, stop being hypocritical, self-centered , irritable. You see how few things you have to do to live a satisfying and reverent life? If you can manage this, that’s all even the gods can ask of you.” In “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius “Para ser grande, sê inteiro: nada Teu exagera ou exclui. Sê todo em cada coisa. Põe quanto és No mínimo que fazes. Assim em cada lago a lua toda Brilha, porque alta vive.” In “Odes de Ricardo Reis” by Fernando Pessoa Word of caution: this "review" is going to be all over the place. I translated this into German a long time ago. I’m not sure I’m up to the task of translating this into English this time around… Let’s give it a go: “To be great, be whole: nothing Of yours exaggerate or exclude. Be all in everything. Put all you are In everything you do. Be like the moon that Shines whole in every lake Because it lives up high.”

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hadrian

    The inner thoughts of a Roman emperor. Profound and for some, inspiring. A mournful, yet strong man, philosopher-king, which we don't see too often anywhere.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Camille Stein

    Aunque debieras vivir tres mil años y otras tantas veces diez mil, no obstante recuerda que nadie pierde otra vida que la que vive, ni vive otra que la que pierde. En consecuencia, lo más largo y lo más corto confluyen en un mismo punto. El presente, en efecto, es igual para todos, lo que se pierde es también igual, y lo que se separa es, evidentemente, un simple instante. Luego ni el pasado ni el futuro se podrían perder, porque lo que no se tiene, ¿cómo nos lo podría arrebatar alguien? Ten sie Aunque debieras vivir tres mil años y otras tantas veces diez mil, no obstante recuerda que nadie pierde otra vida que la que vive, ni vive otra que la que pierde. En consecuencia, lo más largo y lo más corto confluyen en un mismo punto. El presente, en efecto, es igual para todos, lo que se pierde es también igual, y lo que se separa es, evidentemente, un simple instante. Luego ni el pasado ni el futuro se podrían perder, porque lo que no se tiene, ¿cómo nos lo podría arrebatar alguien? Ten siempre presente, por tanto, esas dos cosas: una, que todo, desde siempre, se presenta de forma igual y describe los mismos círculos, y nada importa que se contemple lo mismo durante cien años, doscientos o un tiempo indefinido; la otra, que el que ha vivido más tiempo y el que morirá más prematuramente, sufren idéntica pérdida. Porque sólo se nos puede privar del presente, puesto que éste sólo posees, y lo que uno no posee, no lo puede perder. (II, 14) Muchos para su retiro buscan las casas de campo, las orillas del mar, los montes; cosas que tú mismo solías desear con anhelo; pero todo esto es una vulgaridad, teniendo uno en su mano el recogerse en su interior y retirarse dentro de sí en la hora que le diere la gana. En efecto, en ninguna parte tiene el hombre un retiro más quieto ni más desocupado que dentro de su mismo espíritu, sobre todo cuando encierra aquellos bienes hacia los que es suficiente inclinarse para recobrar la paz. La que yo llamo ahora tranquilidad no es otra cosa que un ánimo bien dispuesto y ordenado. (IV, 3) La duración de la vida humana es como un punto; la materia del hombre es un flujo perpetuo; sus sensaciones son un oscuro fenómeno; todo su cuerpo, una masa corruptible; su alma, un torbellino; su destino, un enigma insoluble; su reputación, una cosa indefinible. En resumen, todo lo que es del cuerpo es como un río; todo lo del alma, sueño y vapor; la vida, una guerra perpetua o la corta detención de un peregrino; la fama de la posteridad, un olvido. ¿Qué nos puede guiar entonces? (II, 17)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    By today's standards, a bog-standard blog. 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pavle

    Čitao sam Aurelijeve Meditacije u onih praznih pet minuta pred neki izlazak, na bajsu u audio formatu, pa i u toaletu (toaletno štivo - najbolje štivo). Njena fragmentirana (kratki pasusi, ponekad dužine svega jedne rečenice) gradja za to je i idealna. Zato je malo i potrajalo, ali šta da se radi. Stoička filozofija i ovde, kao kod Seneke, nije ništa novo, ništa monumentalno, ali ono što izdiže ovu knjigu i ono što je čini posebnom, za razliku od Senekinog dela, jeste to što Aurelije ovo nije že Čitao sam Aurelijeve Meditacije u onih praznih pet minuta pred neki izlazak, na bajsu u audio formatu, pa i u toaletu (toaletno štivo - najbolje štivo). Njena fragmentirana (kratki pasusi, ponekad dužine svega jedne rečenice) gradja za to je i idealna. Zato je malo i potrajalo, ali šta da se radi. Stoička filozofija i ovde, kao kod Seneke, nije ništa novo, ništa monumentalno, ali ono što izdiže ovu knjigu i ono što je čini posebnom, za razliku od Senekinog dela, jeste to što Aurelije ovo nije želeo da objavi. Suštinski, ovo je dnevnik. Možda ne zvuči kao velika stvar, ali zbog toga svaka stranica isijava i emocijom i autentičnošću. Koristeći drugo lice, "ti treba.. ti ne treba..", Aurelije ne priča nama, već samom sebi, "ti" je zapravo "ja", uputstvo za upotrebu, i ovo je izuzetan uvid u ličnost jednog, bukvalno (a lično mislim i figurativno), cara. U tekstu se oseća kada je nervozan ili tužan ili srećan, kada je opijen trijumfom ili nesiguran ili razočaran u sopstveno ponašanje. Nekad se raspiše, a nekad onako u prolazu zapiše poneku mudru misao. Car, glavni čovek glavne sile starog sveta, pokušava, ponekad neuspešno, da se rukovodi stoičkim načelima i preuzme potpunu kontrolu nad svojim životom. Marko Aurelije ovde je besprekorno napisan lik i predznanje da je on stvarna istorijska ličnost tu ništa ne menja. Slučajna autobiografija, uvid u um impozantne osobe i veliko dostignuće. 5

  13. 5 out of 5

    Parthiban Sekar

    “Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.” This little book is the most personal work existent on the surface of the Earth, floating across all continents and countries, in all language, from time to time. Marcus Aurelius, the Roman Emperor and unmistakably, a Stoic philosopher, through his reflective aphorisms and repetitive admonitions, captivates us to inquire about our living, review our doings, and eliminate our misconceptions. This was not targeted for “Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.” This little book is the most personal work existent on the surface of the Earth, floating across all continents and countries, in all language, from time to time. Marcus Aurelius, the Roman Emperor and unmistakably, a Stoic philosopher, through his reflective aphorisms and repetitive admonitions, captivates us to inquire about our living, review our doings, and eliminate our misconceptions. This was not targeted for any audience; This was not intended to be published; This was unquestionably not to be made as international best seller; Yet, this single book has captured more men than Marcus could ever have captured with his lofty weapons and relentless army. These 12 books of personally directed writings might seem incomprehensible, at times, but, thanks to the foot-notes, some of them could be made clear. So, what does Marcus say in this mighty book of "motivating and reforming" writing? "The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it." .::Directing Mind::. “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” All is as thinking makes it so. Our very souls are dyed by our thoughts. We are what our thoughts make us and our happiness rests in what we think. Throughout this book, it is constantly being reminded that one should keep himself free of alluring judgement, but he should conduct a precise analysis with unaffected dignity, with human sympathy, with dispassionate justice. “Vanity is the greatest seducer of reason.” Pride is what, often, drives us into undesirable circumstances and unalterable consequences, and so, He, Marcus, tell us to get rid of vanity and any emotion which might instigate vanity in us. Like most of the Stoics, he also tell us not to succumb to pleasures and pains, and not to be provoked by brute facts and mere things. Divinity is our mind and reason. .::Achievement Of Common Good::. "If mind is common to us, then also the reason, whereby we are reasoning beings, is common.' If this be so, then also the reason which enjoins what is to be done or left undone is common. If this be so, law also is common; if this be so, we are citizens; if this be so, we are partakers in one constitution;" Mind, "A perfect round in solitude" as addressed by Marcus, which is unreachable to any of external agents, and which can be impacted only by our thoughts, tends to join with people who bear the same thoughts and beliefs, leading to the fellowship of "Like-Minded" individuals. But, what Marcus dreams of, is something really quite unimaginable and the above quote vividly explains his desire to bring all people together under on constitution to live in all accord and harmony. It would be hard not to notice his relentless reverence for Gods and the importance of being God-fearing but not superstitious. Calculated honesty is a stiletto. Kindness, integrity and sincerity are the key virtues to live in accordance with the nature (the Whole) and fellow citizens, as Marcus empathetically tells. “All men are made one for another: either then teach them better or bear with them.” .::Inevitable Change::. "Is any man afraid of change? Why what can take place without change?" Universe is change. We are not what we, once, were. All things are in the process of change: Constant alteration and Gradual decay. Everything we undergo is part of the process of change, as the fig blossoms and ripens. It is not their actions which troubles us but our judgement of them. The more we control our emotions, closer we get to the power of precise judgement. .::Sense Of An Urgency::. "The present moment is equal to all." How quickly time runs out and How much we have already lost. Instead of fretting over the past and dream of future, Marcus asks us to find our purpose of our existence and work for it, with accordance to nature and appreciation of blessings in what we have. “Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretence.” .::Death::. “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” Death is inevitable, as birth is. According to him, it is not a "Non-Existence" but a "Not-Yet-Existence". He even further goes ahead and asks "Or is Death just a change of home?". So, lets take what we like from this unmistakable work of virtues and make no drama of our lives. "Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them."

  14. 4 out of 5

    Evan

    Like the Tao Te Ching, this is a collection of short, powerful statements. If only Aurelius had as much humor as Lao Tzu, or as generous a view of life. Still, some of Aurelius's reflections have a cold, wintery beauty about them. Best read as poetry rather than any philosophy to take to heart. Only readable in small bites, which makes it perfect for the subway.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sawsan

    التأملات كتبها الامبراطور والفيلسوف الروماني ماركوس أوريليوس, من الفلاسفة الرواقيين وعُرف بالفيلسوف الجالس على العرش, حكم الامبراطورية الرومانية ما بين عامي 161- 180م دَون تأملاته, وعرض آراؤه عن الحياة والأخلاق وتهذيب النفس وفضائل الحكمة والعدالة, وأيضا فكره وأسلوبه في الحكم والإدارة من أقواله " إذا ما استطاع إنسان أن يثبت لي أني على خطأ ويبين لي خطئي في أي فكرة أو فعل, فسوف أغير نفسي بكل سرور, إن أريد إلا الحق وهو مطلب لم يضر أي إنسان قط, إنما الضرر هو أن يصر المرء على جهله ويستمر في خداع ذاته"

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jon(athan) Nakapalau

    “The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.” After reading this book I realized that there was a wealth of wisdom from some of the greatest minds in history; all I had to do was take the time to meet them through books.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chrissie

    Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor living 121-180 CE. He was born to a prominent, prosperous family in Rome. Emperor Hadrian sponsored his education. Later he was adopted by Hadrian’s successor, Emperor Antonius Pius, whose daughter he married. He became Pius’ confidant and friend, in effect ruling alongside him for ten years. At Pius’ death, in 161 CE, Marcus Aurelius and his adoptive brother, Lucius Aurelius Verus, ruled together as co-Emperors. It is thought that Meditations was written over Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor living 121-180 CE. He was born to a prominent, prosperous family in Rome. Emperor Hadrian sponsored his education. Later he was adopted by Hadrian’s successor, Emperor Antonius Pius, whose daughter he married. He became Pius’ confidant and friend, in effect ruling alongside him for ten years. At Pius’ death, in 161 CE, Marcus Aurelius and his adoptive brother, Lucius Aurelius Verus, ruled together as co-Emperors. It is thought that Meditations was written over a span of years around 170 CE, the actual date being unclear. Neither is it definitely sure that what is voiced are Aurelius' thoughts! Marcus Aurelius was a Stoic—a follower of the Greek school of philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium in the early third century BCE, teaching that we are to be indifferent to fortune, pleasure and pain. One is to be unemotional, objective and have clear judgment. The “stiff upper lip” attitude of today. He was a “noble, intelligent, peaceful man; he worked assiduously and with integrity for the public good.” Stoicism underlies Meditations. The audiobook includes a PDF file including notes written by Roy McMillan. This and Wikipedia are my sources for the above information. I am glad I read this. The lines are not difficult to follow. What strikes one is the simplicity and beauty of that said, not the content’s originality. The guidelines are general, well-established and commonly accepted. Yet, one cannot help but marvel at the extent to which what we think today was voiced already two thousand years ago. Yeah, two thousand years ago! It is this that is amazing. However, a few principle ideas are repeated many times, some versions more beautifully expressed than others. The first time I thought WOW. The second time I nodded in agreement. The tenth time I started getting a bit bored. So what are we told eloquently, but also repeatedly? *Life is short. *We as individuals mean nothing in the overall longevity of time. *All things happen according to the universal laws of nature. *People hurt each other out of ignorance. Try to explain this to them, nicely. *Our hurt is a result of our own opinions, and these we can do something about. *A good deed is one that is just. *"If it is not right, do not do it. If it Is not true, do not say it.” *Good deeds need not be rewarded. Doing them is the reward itself. Atoms are spoken of several times. This dumbfounded me. Perhaps the translator used the word for a concept of similar meaning. Duncan Steen narrates the audiobook. The text itself is clear and simple; the narration is too. The two fit well. I have given the narration four stars. I read this book over an extended period of time. I advise others to do likewise. You can pick it up and start anywhere, reading as long or as short as you like.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Petri

    This basically consists of Marcus Aurelius repeating, "Get it together, Marcus" to himself over and over again over the course of 12 chapters. SPOILER ALERT: -The time during which you are alive is very very brief compared to the time during which you did not exist and will not exist. -People who wrong you only do so from ignorance, and if you can correct them without being a jerk about it, you should do so. -You are a little soul dragging around a corpse. -Whether or not things injure you lies in This basically consists of Marcus Aurelius repeating, "Get it together, Marcus" to himself over and over again over the course of 12 chapters. SPOILER ALERT: -The time during which you are alive is very very brief compared to the time during which you did not exist and will not exist. -People who wrong you only do so from ignorance, and if you can correct them without being a jerk about it, you should do so. -You are a little soul dragging around a corpse. -Whether or not things injure you lies in your opinion about them, and you can control that opinion. That's about it. The fascinating thing about these philosophical ideas is that if they were expressed a single time, they might seem profound and solid and convincing. But repeated over and over like a rosary, you feel that Marcus is struggling against really serious grueling daily doubt -- that these are things that he wishes to be true, not things that he knows to be true, normative rather than descriptive statements. Which makes for a fascinating and subtext-y read, especially given his history.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ken Moten

    (The edition I read from was translated by Meric Casaubon) "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 (The edition I read from was translated by Meric Casaubon) "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 credit thereon depending, but always from some probable apparent ground of justice, or of some public good thereby to be furthered; or from some other such inducement." - From Book 4 I will start this off from noting that most of what I said about stoic philosophy and Epictetus when I reviewed the Handbook of Epictetus applies here. But now I will talk about things unique to this collection and Marcus himself. This book is not simply a collection of sayings but sincere advice that Marcus was giving and telling himself. That makes the Meditations more of a diary than a treatise. I always like reading philosophical works where the philosopher uses himself, honestly, as the subject (one could say that most of the works of my favorite philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard, originated from his legendary break-up with his long time girlfriend and fiancée Regine Olsen in which he spent the rest of his life regretting). When you read this book you have to keep in mind that he is not holding himself up as an example of how to live but admonishing himself for not living better considering his position as Emperor of the Roman Empire. "XI. Hast thou reason? I have. Why then makest thou not use of it? For if thy reason do her part, what more canst thou require?" - Book 4 (You realize he is telling himself not to act stupid?) Now Marcus was not a saint by any measure as he has committed his war crimes, religious persecution, and worst of all made his hellish son Commodus (the villain from the Gladiator movie) his heir, but at least he recognized the flaws within himself and continually reminded himself of them. Now being a stoic he is obligated like most stoic philosophers to show how he did not sweat death but you start to see a little existentialism come out as he keeps pondering his mortality (seriously half of this book is about him saying over and over "death is not a big deal, death is not a big deal, death is...) "XV. Is any man so foolish as to fear change, to which all things that once were not owe their being? And what is it, that is more pleasing and more familiar to the nature of the universe? How couldst thou thyself use thy ordinary hot baths, should not the wood that heateth them first be changed? How couldst thou receive any nourishment from those things that thou hast eaten, if they should not be changed? Can anything else almost (that is useful and profitable) be brought to pass without change? How then dost not thou perceive, that for thee also, by death, to come to change, is a thing of the very same nature, and as necessary for the nature of the universe?" - From book seven. I call this quote the circle of life Marcus Aurelius-style. Let's not forget this heart-warming statement: "'As often as a father kisseth his child, he should say secretly with himself' (said Epictetus,) 'tomorrow perchance shall he die.' But these words be ominous. No words ominous (said he) that signify anything that is natural..." - From book 11. Yeah that's not one of his more popular sayings. I like to again state that he is telling himself all of that which means that he was not as stoic as he would have liked to have been. It won't be a surprise when I say that I think anyone could learn from this book (though I would shop around for a modern translation). As most of his advice holds up well now. I could give endless quotes from this book but really you have no excuse to not read this book so suck it up and read this book. "XXIV. What doest thou desire? To live long. What? To enjoy the operations of a sensitive soul; or of the appetitive faculty? or wouldst thou grow, and then decrease again? Wouldst thou long be able to talk, to think and reason with thyself? Which of all these seems unto thee a worthy object of thy desire? Now if of all these thou doest find that they be but little worth in themselves, proceed on unto the last, which is, in all things to follow God and reason. But for a man to grieve that by death he shall be deprived of any of these things, is both against God and reason." - From book 12 "XXI. ...Finally, love mankind; obey God." - From book 7 "As for thyself; thou hast to do with neither. Go thy ways then well pleased and contented: for so is He that dismisseth thee." - Last two sentences of the Meditations.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Baran باران

    Böyle bin yılları (abartı) aşmış ve okurken kimi zaman tüylerimi diken diken eden hakikatlerin çıplaklığı, kimi zaman içimi çoşkuyla dolduran faniliğimiz, sonsuz ve anlamsız zaman, kimi zaman kalbimi umutla yıkayan "an"ın yüceliği gibi birçok fikir ve durumla beni bir araya getiren, düşündürten, duygulandıran, gözlerimi dolduran bilgelik akan bir eser... Bunu yazan kişinin bir imparator olduğunu düşününce insan, böyle bir imparatora tabii olmayı dünyanın en güzel zevklerinden biri addedebilir... Böyle bin yılları (abartı) aşmış ve okurken kimi zaman tüylerimi diken diken eden hakikatlerin çıplaklığı, kimi zaman içimi çoşkuyla dolduran faniliğimiz, sonsuz ve anlamsız zaman, kimi zaman kalbimi umutla yıkayan "an"ın yüceliği gibi birçok fikir ve durumla beni bir araya getiren, düşündürten, duygulandıran, gözlerimi dolduran bilgelik akan bir eser... Bunu yazan kişinin bir imparator olduğunu düşününce insan, böyle bir imparatora tabii olmayı dünyanın en güzel zevklerinden biri addedebilir... Çevremiz ne tuhaf şeylerle kuşatılmış diye esefle düşünmedim de değil kitabı bitirdiğimde, daha çok düşünmeye, daha çok okuyup anlamaya, sorgulamaya, sevmeye, hissetmeye ve yok olmaya ihtiyacımız var....

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hirdesh

    Greatest Book I've ever read. "What a book is this, I'll kept it with me until my death." Everyone should read it once in a life to know Philosophy Of Life. "The best provision for a happy life is to dissect everything, view its own nature, and divide it into matter and form. To practise honesty in good earnest, and speak truth from the very .soul of you. What remains but to live easy and cheerful, and crowd one good action so close to another that there may not be the least empty space between them.T Greatest Book I've ever read. "What a book is this, I'll kept it with me until my death." Everyone should read it once in a life to know Philosophy Of Life. "The best provision for a happy life is to dissect everything, view its own nature, and divide it into matter and form. To practise honesty in good earnest, and speak truth from the very .soul of you. What remains but to live easy and cheerful, and crowd one good action so close to another that there may not be the least empty space between them.The great business of a man is to improve his mind, therefore consider how he does this. As for all other things, whether in our power to compass or not, they are no better than lifeless ashes and smoke." Best lines- *"I am satisfied the person disobliging is of kin to me, and though we are not just of the same flesh and blood, yet our minds are nearly related, being both extracted from the Deity—I am likewise convinced that no man can do me a real injury, because no man can force me to misbehave myself, nor can I find it in my heart to hate\nor to be angry with one of my own nature and family."" * "Let these two maxims be always ready : first, that things cannot disturb the soul, but remain motionless without, while disturbance springs from the opinion within the soul. The second is, to consider that the scene is just shifting and sliding off into nothing ; and that you yourself have seen abundance of great alterations. In a word, the world is all transformation, and life is opinion." *"Do not suppose you are hurt, and your complaint ceases. Cease your complaint, and you are not hurt." * "Do not forget the saying of Heraclitus, "That the earth dies into water, water into air, air into fire, and so backward" *"Every word seems Manuscript.\So, I'm taking full time with it. Love it" * "What is death ? It is a resting from the vibrations of sensation, and the swaying of desire, a stop upon the rambling of thought, and a release from the drudgery about your body." * "It is the privilege of human nature to love those that disoblige us. To practice this, you must consider that the offending party is of kin to you, that ignorance is the cause of the misbehavior," * "Fate mows down life like corn, this mortal falls,Another stands a while."" * "Sixthly, When you are most angry and vexed\ remember that human life lasts but a moment, and that we shall all of us very quickly be laid in our graves"

  22. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Clausen

    The element that stands out in in Aurelius's meditations, other than his stoicism, is his utter thankfullness for the blessings around him. Every wise book I have written has marveled at the absolute wonder that is existence and understood what a gift it is. The other aspect of the writing that stands out is the injunction towards mildness. Excesses come in all forms, including philosophy, which can be corrupted by sophists and unneeded study. Not a flattering appraisal for someone like me who t The element that stands out in in Aurelius's meditations, other than his stoicism, is his utter thankfullness for the blessings around him. Every wise book I have written has marveled at the absolute wonder that is existence and understood what a gift it is. The other aspect of the writing that stands out is the injunction towards mildness. Excesses come in all forms, including philosophy, which can be corrupted by sophists and unneeded study. Not a flattering appraisal for someone like me who tended to sneak minutes at work to read this book. What can you learn from this book -- the simple, practical insights of stoicism: Death is natural; change is constant; fortify the self against the vagaries of life; seek a life of meaningful work, modesty, and simple goodness My favorite passage is this one. It is a part, complete and perfect unto itself: "Let nothing be done rashly, and at random, but all things according to the most exact and perfect rules of art." Perhaps some of the nuance of this book was lost on me because of the translation. I used the free version from Gutenberg Press. I've had this experience in the past. I've read three translations, for example, of the Tao Teh Ching and my experience reading it was vastly different depending on the translation. In this book, too, I think that some of the meaning and intent got lost in translation. Hopefully, I didn't lose too much. If I can put the book into a sentence: Make the best use of the valuable gift known as your life through discretion and proper action.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amina

    My review will be postponed until I go through this book once again, no wonder Marcus Aurelius was one of the greatest roman emperors ever, this book is endless wisdom, and a sea of vertues, you do your best to memorize, you even take notes but you end up willing to read it once more..

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I give a four to Marcus Aurelius (since he seemed like a pretty fascinating dude but I don't totally agree with him on everything) and a five to translator Gregory Hays for his readable, immediate translation as well as his thoughtful and unpretentious introduction. You can tell he really likes Aurelius, thinks of him as a buddy almost, but is willing to admit that he doesn't completely have his shit together. There's a warmth to his writing as well as a critical eye. It's easy to assume that "a I give a four to Marcus Aurelius (since he seemed like a pretty fascinating dude but I don't totally agree with him on everything) and a five to translator Gregory Hays for his readable, immediate translation as well as his thoughtful and unpretentious introduction. You can tell he really likes Aurelius, thinks of him as a buddy almost, but is willing to admit that he doesn't completely have his shit together. There's a warmth to his writing as well as a critical eye. It's easy to assume that "ancient philosophers" must be completely wise about everything all the time, and Hays doesn't buy into that. Here are some parts of the introduction I really like: "There is a persistent strain of pessimism in the work....As one scholar has observed, 'reading the Meditations for long periods can be conducive to melancholy.' And even those who love the book cannot deny that there is something impoverishing about the view of human life it presents. Matthew Arnold, whose essay on the work reveals a deep respect and affection for Marcus, identified the central shortcoming of his philosophy as its failure to make any allowance for joy, and I think this is a fair criticism." He also goes on to say--"Perhaps the most depressing entry in the entire work is the one in which Marcus urges himself to cultivate an indifference to music." Yeah! Way to stick up for music, Gregory. And Mr. Aurelius, you can try all you want, but "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is going to get you every time.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Giorgi

    Say to yourself in the early morning: I shall meet today inquisitive, ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, uncharitable men. All these things have come upon them through ignorance of real good and ill. 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 Say to yourself in the early morning: I shall meet today inquisitive, ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, uncharitable men. All these things have come upon them through ignorance of real good and ill. 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. What means all this? his all philosophy is based on notion purpusivness of humans life Whatever happens at all happens as it should be everything have his own place own purpose everything is good but someone's don't want to to live according his nature so if you are stupid you will tray to change the world but if you are wise you will make your purpose and live as man who knows his nature and have obligations,Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect. if you are training to avoid you nature you are fool this book is one of the greatest and shortest composition of wisdom . You will find rest from vain fancies if you perform every act in life as though it were your last. action and time, work and god,history and knowledge,will and ill everything is so brilliant in this book and then simple sentences with most original wisdom it claims that you should live as kind simple and wise person. Very little is needed to make a happy life.but someone don't know this thougths make life happy and try to avoid vainity and to have mane of man Remember that man lives only in the present, in this fleeting instant; all the rest of his life is either past and gone, or not yet revealed. i read many modern philosophical books after it but non of them is more comprehensive his stile is one of the most elegant and simple conform with small chapters each of them is more smart than whole modern western philosophy if we add this that he was writing this book during war we will see his person as great philosophical commandment The universe is flux, life is opinion. i am a propagander of this book

  26. 5 out of 5

    G.

    I view this work as a valuable resource, after all, it's not often one knows the private thoughts of an individual, let alone one of the more successful Roman Emperors. Only occasionally does it feel like the work of a Roman Emperor. Never do we get the feeling that it's written mid battle and amid the varied intrigue attending empire maintenance. Most often it's a welcome blend of philosophical pondering and practical advice. My favorite Books were One, Eight, and Eleven. It's appropriate, and p I view this work as a valuable resource, after all, it's not often one knows the private thoughts of an individual, let alone one of the more successful Roman Emperors. Only occasionally does it feel like the work of a Roman Emperor. Never do we get the feeling that it's written mid battle and amid the varied intrigue attending empire maintenance. Most often it's a welcome blend of philosophical pondering and practical advice. My favorite Books were One, Eight, and Eleven. It's appropriate, and perhaps customary, for MA to open with credits to those who made him the man and leader he was in 170. The sections of each book are brief yet poignant. Beholden of many things, he credits his forebears with all manner of instruction, practical and spiritual. He learned to be modest and thoughtful, though not to think too much. Forgiving. Tolerant. Avoiding addictions. Several themes recur. The importance of unity in the family of man. Avoidance of emotion, most often anger. His comments on logos were especially thought provoking. I came away with tremendous admiration for his temperament. Lesser men and women didn't learn the lessons. The list form of the meditations is ideal. I employed a similar numbering system in my journals years ago. It's a technique employed by philosophers sorting through complex points. Perhaps living up to the standard of Marcus Aurelius requires a level of discipline beyond our abilities. It's a nobel course. Almost a form of sainthood, bliss or enlightenment. The reward is happiness. But at what cost? He promotes a level of detachment that isn't very romantic, at best. While he was compassionate, he seemed to reserve the tenderest sentiment for posterity. His inner workings were written rather than spoken. Yet the sentiment is there. While a profound thinker it's also evident that he practiced his beliefs to great effect. The worldly temptations must have been tremendous. Omnipotence had its casualties in Ancient Rome. In Meditations, one finds a candid companion. He is of course stoic, however intimate and altogether sane. Were his principles adhered to by only a few, I'm sure life would be easier for most. This is a book I'll keep and reread.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Olivier Delaye

    The timeless manual of Stoicism, a philosophy that some will find incredibly useful to help them face life's challenges, while others will find it a little too self-centered and heavy-handed with fate and predestination. Well, to each his own, as they say. Written 1,850 or so years ago, Marcus Aurelius's Meditations are by no means a waste of reading time and are still very relevant today. Provided, that is, that philosophy is your cup of tea! OLIVIER DELAYE Author of the SEBASTEN OF ATLANTIS seri The timeless manual of Stoicism, a philosophy that some will find incredibly useful to help them face life's challenges, while others will find it a little too self-centered and heavy-handed with fate and predestination. Well, to each his own, as they say. Written 1,850 or so years ago, Marcus Aurelius's Meditations are by no means a waste of reading time and are still very relevant today. Provided, that is, that philosophy is your cup of tea! OLIVIER DELAYE Author of the SEBASTEN OF ATLANTIS series

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tariq Alferis

    من ليبيا ، ومن أمام موج البحر المتلاطم على شواطيء السرايا الحمراء في مدينة طرابلس القديمة، وتحديداً من تحت سقف قوس ماركوس أوريليوس الروماني القديم ،قام اعضاء نادي الكتاب والثقافة بجامعة طرابلس مناقشة كتاب الامبراطور الروماني "التاملات " تحت اهم معلم يخلد ذكري ماركوس... في البداية تم نقاش تاريخ القوس بصفة خاصة واهم معالمه ونقاش النقوش الموجودة فيه عبر العصور ، من رسوم الالهة الي الخربشات ونقوشات الاسبان وحتي العرب منذ الفتح قديما ...! ثم مناقشة الكتاب في القنصلية الانجليزية القديمة (دار النويجي ) من ليبيا ، ومن أمام موج البحر المتلاطم على شواطيء السرايا الحمراء في مدينة طرابلس القديمة، وتحديداً من تحت سقف قوس ماركوس أوريليوس الروماني القديم ،قام اعضاء نادي الكتاب والثقافة بجامعة طرابلس مناقشة كتاب الامبراطور الروماني "التاملات " تحت اهم معلم يخلد ذكري ماركوس... في البداية تم نقاش تاريخ القوس بصفة خاصة واهم معالمه ونقاش النقوش الموجودة فيه عبر العصور ، من رسوم الالهة الي الخربشات ونقوشات الاسبان وحتي العرب منذ الفتح قديما ...! ثم مناقشة الكتاب في القنصلية الانجليزية القديمة (دار النويجي ) في البداية ...ان ماركوس اوريليوس ، فاته ان يكونَ نبٍياً . ‎أن هذه الأفكارالموجودة في جاءت من أقوى رجل في العالم ، وهو الرجل الذي يتجاوز ذلك إلى حد كبير على قوة الشخصية من أي زعيم حالي أن لدينا صعوبة في فهم مصدر قوته الشخصية، هل من الحكمة او من شئ اخر .. أوريليوس يكتب باستمرار أن القوة تأتي من التواضع، و ضبط النفس و روح الدعابة تجاه الآخرين . انه يعلمنا لقبول ما لا نستطيع السيطرة عليها و الوثوق ما نعرف ‎الفيلسوف الرواقي ، و الإمبراطور الروماني 161-180 لماذا هو امبراطور مختلف عن نيرون ، كلوديوس ، كاليغولا ، والخ ..لماذا هو من افضل الاباطرة الخمسة . اعتقد ان الاجابة موجودة في المقدمة الكتاب عن تعليمه . ‎إنني أرى هذا العمل باعتباره مصدرا قيما ، بعد كل شيء ، من صعوبة معرفة افكار الخاصة للفرد ، ناهيك عن واحد من الأباطرة الرومان أكثر نجاحا. أحيانا لا تشعر انه عمل من الإمبراطور الروماني.ولاتشعر على انها مكتوبة في منتصف المعركة و وسط حضور الحضور والموت ، والخ ، في اغلب الأحيان تشعر انها مزيج من التأمل الفلسفي والنصائح العملية ‎في تأملات ، يجد المرء رفيق صريح . صديق من المدرسة رواقية ، ولكن حميم و عاقل تماما. ثم ان مبادئه لا يلتزم بها سوى عدد قليل ، . ‎تذكر أن الإنسان يعيش فقط في الوقت الحاضر، في هذه اللحظة عابرة ؛ كل ما تبقى من حياته إما الماضي و ذهب، أو لم يتم الكشف حتى الآن. ‎هذا هو الكتاب سوف يبقي بيعاد قرائته ..!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Clif Hostetler

    Marcus Aurelius (121 – 180 AD) wrote this material in his own personal journal for his own edification. It was found and published after his death. Marcus was a practitioner of Stoicism and these writings are a significant source of our modern understanding of ancient Stoic philosophy. It is considered by many commentators to be one of the greatest works of philosophy. The following is an excerpt of the one place where Marcus Aurelius mentions Christians:What a great soul is that which is ready, Marcus Aurelius (121 – 180 AD) wrote this material in his own personal journal for his own edification. It was found and published after his death. Marcus was a practitioner of Stoicism and these writings are a significant source of our modern understanding of ancient Stoic philosophy. It is considered by many commentators to be one of the greatest works of philosophy. The following is an excerpt of the one place where Marcus Aurelius mentions Christians:What a great soul is that which is ready, at any requisite moment to be separated from the body and then to be extinguished or dispersed or continue to exist. But this readiness must come from a man's own judgment, not from mere obstinacy, as with the Christians, but considerately and with dignity and in a way to persuade another, without tragic show. (Book XI, Paragraph 3) (Note: Book XI begins with these words, "These are the properties of the rational soul …")Some scholars think that the reference to Christians may have been added by a later copyist. The following is a link to over a thousand quotations of Markus Aurelius, and I presume they all would have had to come from his Meditations. https://www.goodreads.com/author/quot...

  30. 4 out of 5

    فائق منيف

    اقتباسات من الكتاب: 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 اقتباسات من الكتاب: 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 ذلك أنه فوق طاقة البشر أوريليوس: انظر دائما إلى الأعماق، لا تدع الصفة الداخلية لأي شيء أو قيمته الحقيقية تفلت منك أوريليوس: ليس هناك ما يجلب التعاسة أكثر من محاولة الإحاطة بكل الأمور أوريليوس: الذين لا يدركون ما في داخل نفوسهم لا بد أن يكونوا تعساء أوريليوس: احفر في أعماقك ففي داخلك ينبوع الخير ولن يكف عن التدفق أبدا ما دمت تحفر فيه

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