From the fourth book: Meditations (IM 777)

Marcus Aurelius wrote a journal almost 2000 years ago, which is now published as a book, Mediations. His journal was not meant to be published but was written to himself to guide him towards courage, temperance, justice and wisdom. His words are more important in today’s world.

Here are some of his words:

  1. Let nothing be done rashly and at random and without purpose, but all things according to the rules of art.
  2. If our intellect part is common, the reason also, in respect of which we are rational being is common.
  3. Take away thy opinion and then there is taken away the complaint. And no man will think himself wronged.
  4. Whatsoever happens in the world, happens justly.
  5. Death hangs over thee all the time. While thou livest, while it is in thy power, be good.
  6. He who has a vehement desire for posthumous fame does not consider that everyone of those who remember him will himself also die very soon.
  7. That which is really beautiful has no need of anything; not more than law, not more than a truth, and not more than a benevolence or modesty.
  8. If you seek tranquility, do less or do what’s essential-what the logos of social being requires.

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