Meditations: A New Translation (Modern Library)

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Meditations: A New Translation (Modern Library)

Meditations: A New Translation (Modern Library)

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Reading through the book over a couple months, it's obvious there are a small number of recurrent themes. For all of the pessimism at times in the work, I find that Meditations is very quotable and that is where Meditations shines.

Marcus advises himself at one point "to stop talking about what the good man is like and just be one" (10. Making it a daunting task to go back and forth to further dive into some of the harder to understand passages. Filled with wisdom, practical guidance and profound understanding of human behaviour, it remains one of the greatest works of spiritual and ethical reflection ever written. Though an emperor was all-powerful in theory, his ability to control policy was in reality much more limited.In fresh and unencumbered English, Hays vividly conveys the spareness and compression of the original Greek text. I took my time reading Aurelius' Meditations as, going into it I knew the man conveys meaningful concepts in very little space. Ancient sources, in particular the gossipy Historia Augusta, tend to paint him as a self-indulgent degenerate—almost another Nero. The translator's introduction agrees, and suggests that Marcus's pessimistic evaluation of human life is "impoverishing.

I think I might have written about Meditations by Marcus Aurelius on this site a few times so I can probably skip most of the introduction.Don’t read the introduction…as a new reader I find it difficult to keep reading or to simply pick up a book when I find it boring or a waste of my time. Most of Aurelius' words are built upon centuries of other stoic philosophers, and there are themes related to Stoicism that need a precursor. Do modern theories about the nature of the universe make Marcus's outlook more appealing than it might have seemed a century ago? To avoid the public schools, to hire good private teachers, and to accept the resulting costs as money well-spent.

Nearly two thousand years after it was written, Meditations remains profoundly relevant for anyone seeking to lead a meaningful life. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item.

Don't waste the rest of the time here worrying about other people unless it affects the common good. Stop whatever you’re doing for a moment and ask yourself: Am I afraid of death because I won’t be able to do this anymore?

In this book, we are taken on a journey through Marcus Aurelius’ mind, as we read his private thoughts and notes he wrote to himself.

Waterfield has written an accessible translation of Marcus’s writings that I believe even non-philosophy people will enjoy. To that end, Aurelius crafted his worldview based on philosophies which were already then hundreds of years old.

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