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Marcus Aurelius was the most powerful and important man in the world. He was emperor of Rome for almost two decades starting in the year 161 A.D.

Although Marcus was a powerf...

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The Meditations

The Meditations

by Marcus Aurelius

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Marcus reminded himself to not be upset by the misdeeds of others and to correct them if possible, but if they were stubborn and would not change, to accept it. In reacting to such people, we must ...

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Marcus repeatedly explains why the pursuit of fame and praise is foolish and why we especially should not care about what others think of u...

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Marcus Aurelius’s strongest philosophy comes when he speaks on the eternally changing nature of the universe and

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Being superior to pain and pleasure allows us to fully accept the course of nature and focus on being virtuous. Our perce...

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“Let not future things disturb you, for you will come to them, if it shall be necessary, having with you the same reason which you now use for present things.”

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Marcus knew that our ability to reason is what sets us apart from the animals and is an important power that we must use to the fullest. He believed (like all Stoics) that our reason could be used ...

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Marcus—who had more control over his environment than most—was also the pen behind these lines: “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

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  • The most important lesson to take away from Meditations is that our minds have great power.
  • People will always do awful (or at least unpleasant) things and we are only responsible for ...

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