By Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius
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The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (a.d. 121'180) 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. From the Hardcover edition.

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      • concerning HIMSELF:
        • I. Of my grandfather Verus I have learned to be gentle and meek, and to
        • II. Of him that brought me up, not to be fondly addicted to either of
        • III. Of Diognetus, not to busy myself about vain things, and not easily
        • IV. To Rusticus I am beholding, that I first entered into the conceit
        • V. From Apollonius, true liberty, and unvariable steadfastness, and not
        • VI. Of Sextus, mildness and the pattern of a family governed with
        • VII. From Alexander the Grammarian, to be un-reprovable myself, and not
        • VIII. Of Fronto, to how much envy and fraud and hypocrisy the state of a
        • IX. Of Alexander the Platonic, not often nor without great necessity to
        • X. Of Catulus, not to contemn any friend's expostulation, though unjust,
        • XI. From my brother Severus, to be kind and loving to all them of my
        • XII. From Claudius Maximus, in all things to endeavour to have power
        • XIII. In my father, I observed his meekness; his constancy without
        • XIV. From the gods I received that I had good grandfathers, and parents,
        • XV. In the country of the Quadi at Granua, these. Betimes in the morning
        • XVI. Whatsoever I am, is either flesh, or life, or that which we
        • XVII. Whatsoever proceeds from the gods immediately, that any man will
        • I. Remember how long thou hast already put off these things, and how
        • II. Let it be thy earnest and incessant care as a Roman and a man to
        • III. Do, soul, do; abuse and contemn thyself; yet a while and the time
        • IV. Why should any of these things that happen externally, so much
        • V. For not observing the state of another man's soul, scarce was ever
        • VI. These things thou must always have in mind: What is the nature
        • VII. Theophrastus, where he compares sin with sin
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