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The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them. Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away. To understand the true quality of people, you must look into their minds, and examine their pursuits and aversions. We are too much accustomed to attribute to a single cause that which is the product of several, and the majority of our controversies come from that.
His rule was absolute and - as the lives of other Emperors reveal only too clearly - he was able, with impunity, to indulge in any vice, crime or licentious behaviour he chose.


What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for — the things I was brought into the world to do? Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. The thoughts in Meditations aim to be a source of guidance on how to live a happier and more productive life. Yet Marcus Aurelius resisted all such temptations, thanks to his belief in stoic philosophy.
Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks, putting the world in order, as best they can? People who love what they do wear themselves down doing it, they even forget to wash or eat.


As with other Stoic philosophers, Aurelius focused on limiting emotional reactions to outside forces in life that are not under your control. In The Meditations, (which was never intended for public view), Aurelius examines his inner nature, intimately describing his flaws and talents, and admonishing himself to live a good life. Do you have less respect for your own nature than the engraver does for engraving, the dancer for the dance, the miser for money or the social climber for status?
Unlike the Stoics or philosophers from other schools, Marcus Aurelius held a powerful political position, as Roman emperor from 161-180 CE, making his contribution unique.



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