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The Meditations Of Marcus Aurelius (Book Summary)

The Meditations Of Marcus Aurelius (Book Summary)

The Meditations is a personal journal of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 161 to 180). He never meant to publish these writings. Yet, one cannot agree more on how the ideas written at that time by an Emperor are relevant even today, by people of all professions.  

This book has been a guiding force to many including Bill Clinton and Theodore Roosevelt, who repeatedly turned to this book for guidance. 

Now, we will take a look at the teachings from this book. 


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When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. 



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You Are The Controller Of Your Mind

By the way, we treat our mind, it can either act as our best friend or our worst enemy. The choice is entirely in our hands. The mind is usually controlled by our sense organs. 

It responds to everything in the way our sense organs feel. That is why we always crave passion and comfort. Marcus Aurelius, in the above quote, fights with his mind. 

He shows that whenever our mind disobeys us, it is our responsibility to drag it back on the right track. 


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You can get away from it anytime you want. By going within. 



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Look Within

We always want to get away from everything. We want to go on vacations to exotic places or peaceful places to find that peace of mind. Marcus Aurelius was an Emperor, which means that he could never get a vacation. 

He had realized something that most of us never realize. We can get away from everything anytime we want by going within. That peace of mind and happiness that we chase in the outside world, is something that can only be found within. 

Next time when you feel like getting away from everything in the middle of the chaos, look within. 


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If anyone can refute me - show me I'm making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective - I'll gladly change. 



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Accept Your Mistakes

There is no shame in accepting our mistakes. Even after that, we keep on making the mistake of not accepting our mistakes. Being an Emperor, Marcus Aurelius is humble enough to accept his mistakes and change himself. 

If an Emperor can be so humble, then I think everyone can be like him. 


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Don't be overheard complaining about life. Not even to yourself. 



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Stop Complaining!

An Emperor, surely, has a lot to complain about when he is responsible for dealing with all kinds of people in court. Yet, Marcus Aurelius decides to refrain from complaining, even to himself. Whereas, people like us, always want to complain about something or else our entire lives. 

We are never content with what we get. We're always complaining about people and the discomforts in our lives. It's high time we stopped doing that. 


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