The Thoughts of the Emperor M. Aurelius Antoninus

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byMarcus Aurelius

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1901. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... which are out of his power, free will terminating in action is of course excluded by the very terms of the expression. I hardly know if we can discover exactly Antoninus' notion of the free will of man, nor is the question worth the inquiry. What he does mean and does say is intelligible. All the things which are not in our power (airpoalpera) are indifferent: they are neither good nor bad, morally. Such are life, health, wealth, power, disease, poverty and death. Life and death are all men's portion. Health, wealth, power, disease and poverty happen to men indiflferently to the good and to the bad; to those who live according to nature and to those who do not.80 "Life," says the emperor, "is a warfare and a stranger's sojourn, and after fame is oblivion." (u. 17.) After speaking of those men who have disturbed the world and then died, and of the death of philosophers such as Heraclitus and Democritus who was destroyed by lice, and of Socrates whom other lice (his enemies) destroyed, he says: "What means all this? Thou hast embarked, thou hast made the voyage, thou art come to shore; get out. If indeed to another life, there is no want of gods, not even there. But if to a state without sensation, thou wilt cease to be held by pains and pleasures, and to be a slave to the vessel which is as much inferior as that which serves it is superior: for the one is intelligence and deity; the other is earth and corrup 80 "All events come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous and to the wicked: to the good and to the clean and to the unclean," &c. Ecclesiastes, ix. v. 2; and v. 3 : "This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all." In what sense "evil" is meant here seem s rather doubtful. There is no doubt about th...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1901. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... which are out of his power, free will terminating in action is of course excluded by the very terms of the expression. I hardly know ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217109403

ISBN - 13:9780217109406

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