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Nearly two thousand years after it was written, Meditations remains profoundly relevant for anyone seeking to lead a meaningful life.

Few ancient works have been as influential as the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, philosopher and emperor of Rome (A.D. 161-180). A series of spiritual exercises filled with wisdom, practical guidance, and profound understanding of human behavior, it remains one of the greatest works of spiritual and ethical reflection ever written. Marcus's insights and advice--on everything from living in the world to coping with adversity and interacting with others--have made the Meditations required reading for statesmen and philosophers alike, while generations of ordinary readers have responded to the straightforward intimacy of his style. For anyone who struggles to reconcile the demands of leadership with a concern for personal integrity and spiritual well-being, the Meditations remains as relevant now as it was two thousand years ago.

In Gregory Hays's new translation--the first in thirty-five years--Marcus's thoughts speak with a new immediacy. In fresh and unencumbered English, Hays vividly conveys the spareness and compression of the original Greek text. Never before have Marcus's insights been so directly and powerfully presented.

With an Introduction that outlines Marcus's life and career, the essentials of Stoic doctrine, the style and construction of the Meditations, and the work's ongoing influence, this edition makes it possible to fully rediscover the thoughts of one of the most enlightened and intelligent leaders of any era.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2002.
Edition: Modern Library ed.
ISBN: 9780679642602
Branch Call Number: 188 Mar
Characteristics: lvii, 191 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hays, Gregory


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Aug 14, 2019

"Examine into the essence of the form of an object, and detach it altogether from its material part, and then contemplate it; then determine the full span which a thing of this peculiar form is naturally made to endure... when another blames or hates you, or when men say injurious things about you, approach their poor souls, penetrate within, and see what kind of men they are. You will discover that there is no reason to take trouble that these men may have a good opinion of you. However, you must be well-disposed towards them, for by nature they are friends. And the gods, too, aid them in all ways, by dreams, by signs, toward the attainment of their aims."

Apr 08, 2019

On page 10

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.)

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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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