Meditations by Marcus Aurelius Book Excerpt

 

Today is a excerpt from one of my all time favourite books, "Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius - who was also an emperor of Rome many years ago. His writings are so raw, real, simple, yet so thought-provoking. It's the type of book that you don't need to read from beginning to end - you can flip to any page and read away and be blown away! It's also the type of book that no matter how many times your read it, you'll end up learning something new or bringing out a new thought that you never even knew you had! It's essentially his diary and journal entries and was found after his death. Today, it inspires so many people and I'm sure will in the future too.

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Isn't it so mind-boggling that we can read this book, that was written so long ago, and still learn so much for our ways of life today? Books like Meditations by Marcus Aurelius are evergreen and so universal. The relevancy and knowledge still pertains and lives on so effortlessly and so meaningfully. I love to read it often. I love to listen to it on audible too on road-trips and on drives/commutes.

Every time we read books, we are time travelling and it's as if we are having the most intimate conversations with the authors, dead or alive. What a way to connect and transcend all boundaries right?

I hope you enjoy today's Tidbit Thursday with me reading a glimpse of this man's beautiful writings and beautiful mind.
 

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meditations by marcus aurelius
 

Page 152, #16:

To live a good life:
We have the potential for it. If we can learn to be indifferent to what makes no difference. This is how we learn: by looking at each thing, both the parts and the whole. Keeping in mind that none of them can dictate how we perceive it. They don't impose themselves on us. They hover before us, unmoving. It is we who generate the judgments - inscribing them on ourselves. And we don't have to. We could leave the page blank - and if a mark slips through, erase it instantly.
Remember how brief is the attentiveness required. And then our lives will end.
And why is it so hard when things go against you? If it's imposed by nature, accept it gladly and stop fighting it. And if not, work out what your own nature requires, and aim at that, even if it brings you know no glory.
None of us is forbidden to pursue our own good.
 

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Page 21, #14:

Even if you're going to live three thousand more years, or ten times that, remember: you cannot lose another life than the one you're living now, or live another one than the one you're losing. The longest amounts to the same as the shortest. The present is the same for everyone; it's loss is the same for everyone; and it should be clear that a brief instant is all that is lost. For you can't lose either the past or the future; how could you lose what you don't have?
Remember two things:
i. that everything has always been the same, and keeps recurring, and it makes no difference whether you see the same things recur in a hundred years or two hundred, or in an infinite period;
ii. that the longest-lived and those who will die soonest lose the same thing. The present is all that they can give up, since that is all you have, and what you do not have, you cannot lose.
 

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Page 61, #25:

So other people hurt me? That's their problem. Their character and actions are not mine. What is done to me is ordained by nature, what I do by my own.

Page 61, #24:

Remember:
Matter. How tiny your share of it.
Time. How brief and fleeting your allotment of it.
Fate. How small a role you play in it.

Book 6, #6:

The best revenge is not to be like that.
 

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Page 77, #38:

Keep reminding yourself of the way things are connected, of their relatedness. All things are implicated in one another and in sympathy with each other. This event is the consequence of some other one. Things push and pull on each other, and breathe together, and are one.

Page 94, #57:

To love only what happens, what was destined. No greater harmony.

Page 94, #56:

Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now take what's left and live it properly.

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“The best revenge is not to be like that.”

— Marcus Aurelius

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“To love only what happens, what was destined. No greater harmony.”

— Marcus Aurelius

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“Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now take what's left and live it properly.”

— Marcus Aurelius

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“The longest-lived and those who will die soonest lose the same thing.”

— Marcus Aurelius

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“The present is the same for everyone; it's loss is the same for everyone; and it should be clear that a brief instant is all that is lost. For you can't lose either the past or the future; how could you lose what you don't have?”

— Marcus Aurelius