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Marcus Aurelius

The Meditations

Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus was the model of what we call a philosopher-king. Though his rule was troubled by war and conflict, he remained a thoughtful and even-handed ruler.
Meditations isn’t a complete book, but rather a collection of his personal diary entries written over a ten-year campaign in Greece. The entries were never meant to be published; instead, they were a reminder to himself of how to remain calm, tranquil, and kind, even in the worst of situations. In them we see the emperor working out how to deal with the everyday problems all of us face: annoying coworkers, difficult family members, the expectations of others, unrealized goals and achievements, and, ultimately, happiness.
The episodic nature of Meditations makes it hard to follow at times, but in exchange, we get a deeply personal window into the life of one of Rome’s most unique emperors, and more importantly, a handbook of thoughtful advice on how to live a tranquil, satisfied, and productive life.
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    Deep thoughts, gives you new perspectives on matters important to live a fulfilled life.

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    Penuh kebijaksanaan. Tapi karena bahasanya klasik saya jadi agak kesusahan.

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  • Rachel Brownhas quoted9 years ago
    The offender needs pity, not wrath; those who must needs be corrected, should be treated with tact and gentleness; and one must be always ready to learn better. 'The best kind of revenge is, not to become like unto them.'
  • Paradoxical ✨has quotedlast year
    of­fence which is com­mit­ted with pleas­ure is more blame­able than that which is com­mit­ted with pain;
  • Sanzhar Surshanovhas quoted10 years ago
    Is any man so foolish as to fear change, to which all things that
    once were not owe their being

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