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This is one of my favorite persons from history (another would be Alexander the Great); in a similar way as others like Jesus or Mohammed; in a time where people hold crazy weird discussions about who is better I say:

He is known as one of the last good emperors of Rome.



A bust of Marcus Aurelius as a young boy (Capitoline Museum). Anthony Birley, Marcus' modern biographer, writes of the bust: "This is certainly a grave young man (personally: I say; it is just a statue but I do believe that if you have a face next to the text it helps create a bond with that piece of text AND that person).800px-Young_Marcus_Aurelius_Musei_Capitolini_MC279.jpg

In April 132, at the behest of Diognetus, Marcus took up the dress and habits of the philosopher: he studied while wearing a rough Greek cloak, and would sleep on the ground until his mother convinced him to sleep on a bed.


Marcus' adoption diverted him from the typical career path of his class. If not for his adoption, he probably would have become triumvir monetalis, a highly regarded post involving token administration of the state mint; after that, he could have served as tribune with a legion, becoming the legion's nominal second-in-command. Marcus probably would have opted for travel and further education instead. As it was, Marcus was set apart from his fellow citizens. Nonetheless, his biographer attests that his character remained unaffected: "He still showed the same respect to his relations as he had when he was an ordinary citizen, and he was as thrifty and careful of his possessions as he had been when he lived in a private household."


By the age of twenty-five (between April 146 and April 147), Marcus had grown disaffected with his studies in jurisprudence, and showed some signs of general malaise. His master, he writes to Fronto, was an unpleasant blowhard, and had made "a hit at" him: "It is easy to sit yawning next to a judge, he says, but to be a judge is noble work." Marcus had grown tired of his exercises, of taking positions in imaginary debates. When he criticized the insincerity of conventional language, Fronto took to defend it. In any case, Marcus' formal education was now over. He had kept his teachers on good terms, following them devotedly. It "affected his health adversely", his biographer writes, to have devoted so much effort to his studies. It was the only thing the biographer could find fault with in Marcus' entire boyhood.



Bust of Lucius Verus(co-emperor of Marucs Aurelius), Metropolitan Museum of Art

“If it is not right, do not do it, if it is not true, do not say it.” Marcus Aurelius








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I compiled this; YES.

I made a selection; ordered it in a form of order; made some small editing; but NO I am not Marcus Aurelius.... I am not the original speaker of the words, I am it's student. I share it in a hope that more people like it.

plus I can edit away :) further the board format allows it

aww 0.11 was not deserved? :(( just cause I shared like bot without bot? Ain't that a bit hypocritical ?

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Do you have any opinions on The Meditations? Which are your favorite passages? Why? Which are your least favorite? Can you think of a few arguments to object to them?

Well; my objecting is the front note that they have added to (many books). It is sometimes longer then the book that it "presents".

Not sure if was from Mediations (i think i did not find the quote; so my favorite is missing).

But it is; the quote which is about starting the day; in short: every day you will meet people who will disappoint you because they do not know the difference between and good and wrong (ying-yang; good can be bad; bad can be good).

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Very nice post!

Nice! These are some epic quotes!

The final quote reminds us that quality should be desired more over quantity in all matter of life, including the length.

I think I might just pick up a biography Aurelius.

that makes my work done :)

3 people hooked on Aurelius = 9 = 36 = casilon (i mistyped it).


Nice post man. Keep it up..

thank you :)

Thanks for visiting my page! love your post, very well thought out.

I am orphan; turns out from a family that is "socially" active; socially self-enrichment; very fun background story that i choose to not open pandora's box from.

I enjoy reading the works of the Stoic philosophers and think they have much to teach us about ethics. I consider myself an Epicurean though. Epicurean Hedonism seems to me to be more in line with human nature and how our minds function. Humans are not fundamentally rational; emotions are always calculated into our decisions.