Meditations: A New Translation (Modern Library Classics)

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Meditations: A New Translation (Modern Library Classics)

Meditations: A New Translation (Modern Library Classics)

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There are valuable lessons in this, some more valuable than others depending on the person, which make me glad I read it. Her reverence for the divine, her generosity, her inability not only to do wrong but even to conceive of doing it.

His awareness of his own mortality and how transient life is made him grateful for every day and for every person in his life. They saw him for what he was: a man tested by life, accomplished, unswayed by flattery, qualified to govern both himself and them.The long dead Roman emperor’s thoughts and fancies are still so relevant to your everyday ups and downs. Independence and unvarying reliability, and to pay attention to nothing, no matter how fleetingly, except the logos. As you kiss your son good night, says Epictetus, whisper to yourself, 'He may be dead in the morning. And while I found Meditations to be profound at times, I also found it to be a frustrating read to really dive into, and downright depressing at times.

Considering how they were written over a far longer timespan, said recurrence absolutely makes sense. And that I never lost control of myself with any of them, although I had it in me to do that, and I might have, easily.He disagreed with the dead philosophers he was in dialogue with, on occasion - so I suppose I'm continuing on in the tradition.

The result is a handsome collection of short exhortations and aphorisms that encourage a noble, if stoical approach to life.Yes it’s quite a superficial and contemporary translation, but this allows it to be read by a new audience. This account of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius is an insightful book on the ideas of righteous living and facing adversities. Delivered in digestible bits, read one a day to set your mind right, or binge them all and let simmer over time. Of course there's more to Stoicism, but a constant theme throughout Meditations is the need to not push against the flow of life; to accept what "Nature" has done.

He always strived to become better, acutely aware of the responsibilities that lay on him and of the people's expectations, trying to meet them all.

When you need encouragement, think of the qualities the people around you have: this one’s energy, that one’s modesty, another’s generosity, and so on . I picked up both Meditations: A New Translation by Marcus Aurelius and translated by Gregory Hays and On the Shortness of Life by Seneca. I took my time reading Aurelius' Meditations as, going into it I knew the man conveys meaningful concepts in very little space. As someone who has dabbled in ancient texts and philosophy, I've always found it challenging to connect with some translations due to the language (I'm not a native English speaker).

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