Meditations: Complete And Unabridged by Marcus AureliusMeditations: Complete And Unabridged by Marcus Aurelius

Meditations: Complete And Unabridged

byMarcus AureliusTranslated byGeorge W. ChrystalForeword byCarolyn Gregoire

Paperback | January 2, 2018

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All twelve books by Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius – his personal guidelines to live and rule well.

  • “Do every deed, speak every word, think every thought in the knowledge that you may end your days any moment.”

  • “We have body, soul, and intelligence. To the body belong the senses, to the soul the passions, to the intelligence principles.”

  • “Think not as your insulter judges or wishes you to judge: but see things as they truly are.”

  • “To pursue impossibilities is madness; and it is impossible that the wicked should not act in some such way as this.”

  • “Order not your life as though you had ten thousand years to live. Fate hangs over you. While you live, while yet you may, be good.”

    Meditations is a collection of twelve books written by Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. This set of book was originally compiled in the form of private journals. Marcus Aurelius used these notes as personal guides to live by and to better himself as a ruler. He compiled these journals during his time as emperor, and while they were not intended for public consumption, there are valuable lessons to be gleaned from his wisdom. The entries include his views of stoicism—the Hellenistic philosophy devoid of “destructive emotions” that could tamper with logic—and its practical use in ruling and military tactics.

    Completely unabridged, with a new foreword written by Huffington Post writer Carolyn Gregoire, this publication of Meditations is an all-encompassing collection of Marcus Aurelius’s works.
  • Marcus Aurelius was born in 121 AD. He was the Roman emperor between 161 AD and 180 AD. His Meditations are our closest link to Ancient Stoicism and its practices.Carolyn Gregoire is a senior writer at the Huffington Post. Her focus areas include human behavior, psychology, and neuroscience. Her work has been featured in the New Republ...
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    Title:Meditations: Complete And UnabridgedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:January 2, 2018Publisher:ClydesdaleLanguage:English

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    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very Casual Translation It's a really thought provoking work by Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, however, I think this isn't the greatest translation. The language used by Gregory Hays is really easy plain speaking almost casual English, which is great if you prefer translations like that. I prefer a more academic translation, so I'd personally choose the Oxford published versions of Meditations.
    Date published: 2018-06-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Useful but be careful The stoic mindset is very useful in creating more order in your life. It teaches you not to worry about the things that you have no control over (mostly the future the past). However the hyperrationality it presents seems to ignore the fact that humans are emotional creatures. Approach this book with an open mind but the eyes of a critic.
    Date published: 2018-04-29
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Timeless This was not meant to be a book this was the emperors personal diary he is musing and having a personal conversation with himself his observations and shortfalls. I think that everyone who reads this will get something out of it. He had the pressures of an entire empire on him and speaks of how to deal with hardships and how he believes a good happy successful life should be lived.
    Date published: 2017-09-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from you will get something from this book timeless wisdom in the writing and as well in his method of journaling/meditation
    Date published: 2017-09-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic one of the best books I've ever read
    Date published: 2017-08-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Timeless Centuries old and still relevant today.
    Date published: 2017-07-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Aurelius' Work Has Stood the Test of Time After reading these notes I can see why it is considered standard reading for world leaders who are about to take office. Very reflective and reminds one of his obligations and duties towards society
    Date published: 2017-05-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read. This is a book that you can pick up and put down. I am constantly rereading it. I've got pages marked and sections highlighted. It's a book that causes one to reflect, think and motivates them to improve who they are as a person. A few sections are a bit dull and may challenge a novice reader. I assure you to persevere and continue through to the books end. Reread it as many times as you can. Each time I reread the book something new jumps out at me that I understand and appreciate.
    Date published: 2017-04-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless It always surprises me just how similar people are across time. You wouldn't think 2000 years is between the people of today and the person who wrote this book. It's amazing. I love learning more about Stoicism and how to live a better life. This book is truly inspirational and motivational. We should all strive for what Marcus was searching for so long ago.
    Date published: 2016-12-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless man of privilege At first, the words of privilege and position; father, son and leader. Then dialogue of master and slave, student and teacher. Then of a man and child, a partner and a place. This collection of ideas and observations represents an evolution of a mans sense of place, position and power ultimately culminating in a profound realization of the essence of being. This is a truly, a timeless exploration of self and that which is greater, larger - not self - of life of a man in partnership with men. Read it.
    Date published: 2015-04-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A personal conversation This translation is true to the original author's intentions. Meditations refers to a very personal exploration of meaning in life - a first person conversation with the reader that is ripe with empathy and understanding. While most translations of this book err on the side of academic rigor and will put the reader to sleep, this one captures the essence of a man talking about the difficulties of life - first hand - and how to cope with them. For anyone in "the pit of despair" this translation can be quite inspirational and will leave many readers with the comfort of knowing that, even though separated by two thousand years of history, this was written by someone who understood human difficulties on a very intimate level and shared the desire to let go and rise beyond our problems. No, you are not alone.
    Date published: 2008-05-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This text by Marcus Aurelius, written while on campaigns, is possibly the greatest piece of literature left to us by the ancient world. Aurelius' insights into the meaning of life, the value of being a good person, and the Stoic precepts of internal versus external, make this a must-read. Buy this, borrow it, do whatever you have to do, but read this.
    Date published: 2007-11-15

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