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Meditations

98 pages, 2018

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Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD. Written as a source for his own guidance and self-improvement, the twelve books of the Meditations offer his ideas on Stoic philosophy. Marcus Aurelius wrote the twelve books in Koine Greek as he planned military campaigns against several Germanic tribes across the Danube frontier and along the Danube River. 

It is likely that large portions of the books were written while Marcus Aurelius was stationed at Aquincum on a campaign in Pannonia. Some of it was written while he was positioned at Carnuntum, with internal notes telling us that book 2 was written during his campaign against the Quadi on the river Granova.

Embrace the Power of Now

Marcus Aurelius emphasizes the importance of living in the present moment. He suggests that we should not let our past mistakes or future worries control our lives. Instead, we should focus on what we can do right now. So, take a look at your life and see where you can apply this principle.

Control Your Reactions

One of the key lessons from Meditations is that we can't control everything that happens to us, but we can control how we react. Marcus Aurelius teaches us that our reactions are a reflection of our inner selves. So, next time when something doesn't go as planned, remember to control your reaction.

Value of Virtue

Marcus Aurelius believes that virtue is the highest good and should be the guiding principle of our lives. He encourages us to be honest, just, and kind to others. So, why not explore this idea and see how you can incorporate more virtue into your life?

Acceptance of Death

Death is a recurring theme in Meditations. He sees it as a natural part of life and encourages us to accept it rather than fear it. This acceptance can free us from many fears and help us live a more fulfilling life. So, dig into this concept and find out how it can change your perspective on life.

The Importance of Self-Reflection

Marcus Aurelius was a big believer in self-reflection. He used it as a tool to improve himself and his actions. He suggests that we should regularly check in with ourselves and evaluate our actions. So, take some time to reflect on your actions and see how you can improve.

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Meditations by Marcus Aurelius helped me through the toughest periods of my presidency.

Bill ClintonBill Clinton - 42nd U.S. President

Meditations' wisdom is timeless, it's a book that should be read by every generation.

John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck - Nobel Prize Literature

I have read Meditations by Marcus Aurelius more than 100 times. It has had a profound influence on my philosophy and values.

Wen JiabaoWen Jiabao - Former Chinese Premier

Meditations is a book that endows its readers with a lifetime of wisdom.

Theodore RooseveltTheodore Roosevelt - 26th U.S. President
Bill ClintonJohn SteinbeckWen JiabaoTheodore Roosevelt

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