This is one of the most splendid things that I have ever read. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is full of ideas by which to live, many of which are also highly suitable for printing out and pinning to your office wall. Another reviewer has already quoted my favourite meditation, `Begin each day ...' so I won't repeat it here. Donning my Old Fart's hat I have to say that the world would be an infinitely better place if more people had read this.
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This is one of the mos...
Yes, thats what I th...
"Yes, that's what I think too" was the my main reaction to the book. I missed many references to known figures of Marcus' time, but it would require a book with extensive footnotes to cover all the material. The part I don't quite buy is the living according to nature, because nature is rather hard to define.
I really rather enjoye...
I really rather enjoyed this. I admit I don't know much aside from the basics of Marcus Aurelius. I found a lot of simple wisdom in this work. A few favorite lines: "Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them." "You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength." "Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." "Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one." "It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live."
Ive often wondered wh...
I've often wondered why we, as a society, focus so much on the views of the powerful and the wealthy. Surely there have been millions of unknown men and women who have adopted philosophies heavy with moral integrity . Wishfully setting humanities trends toward idolatry aside, I suppose the wealthy and the powerful are in fact faced with unique temptations. Perhaps a life of moral integrity, in spite of an easy access to false senses of superiority, or to all the sins that money can buy, really is an exceptional case of spiritual revelation. Tangents aside, Marcus Aurelius, in the years 121-180 A.D., explores a very healthy mindset and provides some guidelines that are every bit as applicable today, some 1940 years later, as they were in the midst of the Roman Empire.
I finished reading Me...
I finished reading "Meditations" yesterday. It is a relatively short book but the translation is by Meric Casaubon in 1634, I believe. The language used is, I think, representative of 1634, and at times, a little hard to follow. I have now ordered a copy with language a bit more updated, I hope, without messing up the original thoughts. I'll probably wind up comparing the two versions. Anyway, I found this very interesting and I agreed with a lot in this book. I disagreed with some of it but not exactly in the sense that it was bad but more a matter of an inability on my own part to actually live the way he recommends. Anyway, I thought this was a very good book and I look forward to reading the newer version and also a book called "Marcus Aurelius: The Dialogues" by Alan Stedall and a biography of Marcus Aurelius.
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