In a lot of ways, the book “Meditations” by Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius crystallises the philosophical wisdom of the Greek-Roman world.

Meditations was not written with the intent of publishing, but as a diary to himself while he was fighting a war at the border of the Roman empire.

The book is a work of motivational advice to inspire us in the ways of stoicism- a manual for being a mature adult and a guide for living a thoughtful life.

An excerpt from Book III:
“If at some point in your life, you should come across anything better than justice, honesty, self-control, courage – than a mind satisfied that it succeeded in enabling you to act rationally, and satisfied to accept what is beyond its control – if you find anything better than that, embrace it without reservations – it must be an extraordinary thing indeed – and enjoy it to the full.”

He continuously writes that strength comes from humility, self-restraint and good humor towards others.

Read this book for great advice from a man whose power vastly exceeded the personal power of any American president.

Credits: Visakan on Twitter

TO DO: Read Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.

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