Marcus Aurelius–Meditations

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I wanted to share these selected quotes from Meditations by Marcus Aurelius because his nobility and his stoic philosophy has changed my perception of the world.  His writing comes straight from his heart and his directness in his words and actions are something anyone can admire. Here are some selected quotes:

“Do external things distract you? Then make time for yourself to learn something worthwhile; stop letting yourself be pulled in all directions. But make sure you guard against the other kind of confusion. People who labor all their lives but have no purpose to direct every thought and impulse toward are wasting their time- even when hard at work.”

“When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own—not of the same blood or birth, but the same mind, and possessing a share of the divine.”

“Because most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time, and more tranquility. Ask yourself at every moment, “Is this necessary?”

“At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: “I have to go to work – as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for – the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?”

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You can buy the book for a dollar off Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Meditations-Thrift-Editions-Marcus-Aurelius/dp/048629823X

Or read it for free:

http://classics.mit.edu/Antoninus/meditations.html

Or the audiobook:

 

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