Top Quotes From Meditations By Marcus Aurelius | Philosophy Of Stoicism | Animated Book Summary

Top Quotes From Meditations By Marcus Aurelius | Philosophy Of Stoicism | Animated Book Summary

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Marcus Aurelius was the emperor of Rome and the most powerful man in the world. Meditations is an inside look at what someone with infinite power who practices the Stoic Philosophy thinks about.

This book was never planned to be released. When Marcus wrote it he was just looking to record his thoughts on what he needs to work on himself.

Some quotes that don’t quite make the cut but are invaluable anyway:

“A healthy pair of eyes should see everything that can be seen and not say, “No! Too bright!”
A healthy sense of hearing or smell should be prepared for any sound or scent; a healthy stomach should have the same reaction to all foods, as a mill to what it grinds.
A healthy mind should be prepared for anything. The one that keeps saying, “Are my children all right?” or “Everyone must approve of me” is like eyes that can only stand pale colors, or teeth that can handle only mush.”

“The first step: Don’t be anxious. Nature controls it all. And before long you’ll be no one, nowhere – Like Hadrian, like Augustus.
The second step: Concentrate on what you have to do. Fix your eyes on it. Remind yourself that your task is to be a good human being; remind yourself what nature demands of people. Then do it, without hesitation, and speak the truth as you see it. But with Kindness. With humility. Without hypocrisy.”

“When you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, remember that your defining characteristic – what defines a human being – is to work with others. Even animals know how to sleep. And it’s the characteristic activity that’s the more natural one – more innate and more satisfying.”

“Give yourself a gift: the present moment.
People out for posthumous fame forget that the Generations To Come will be the same annoying people they know now. And just as mortal. What does it matter to you if they say x about you, or think y?”

“The cucumber is bitter? Then throw it out.
There are brambles in the path? Then go around them.
That’s all you need to know. Nothing more. Don’t demand to know “why such things exist.””

“You want praise from people who kick themselves very fifteen minutes, the approval of people who despise themselves. (Is it a sign of self-respect to regret nearly everything you do?)”

“If we want to follow nature, to be of one mind with it, we need to share its indifference. To privilege pleasure over pain – life over death, fame over anonymity – is clearly blasphemous. Nature certainly doesn’t.”

“Objective judgment, now, at this very moment.
Unselfish action, now, at this very moment.
Willing acceptance – now, at this very moment – of all external events.
That’s all you need.”

“Everything that happens is either endurable or not.
If it’s endurable, then endure it. Stop complaining.
If it’s unendurable … then stop complaining. Your destruction will mean its end as well.
Just remember: you can endure anything your mind can make endurable, by treating it as in your interest to do so.
In your interest, or in your nature.”

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