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Meditations [Kindle Edition]

Marcus Aurelius
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • File Size: 523 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477651152
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082XJGRK
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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's worth trying different translations September 25, 2013
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I don't know who did the translation for this one but I found it very difficult to follow. This prompted me to look around and I found another translation by George Long (Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus 1862). Even though it's not a recent translation, Long's version is often easier to understand. Compare the translations of the first paragraph for example:

This version:

Of my grandfather Verus I have learned to be gentle and meek, and to refrain from all anger and passion. From the fame and memory of him that begot me I have learned both shamefastness and manlike behaviour. Of my mother I have learned to be religious, and bountiful; and to forbear, not only to do, but to intend any evil; to content myself with a spare diet, and to fly all such excess as is incidental to great wealth. Of my great-grandfather, both to frequent public schools and auditories, and to get me good and able teachers at home; and that I ought not to think much, if upon such occasions, I were at excessive charges.

George Long's version:

From my grandfather Verus I learned good morals and the government of my temper. From the reputation and remembrance of my father, modesty and a manly character. From my mother, piety and beneficence, and abstinence, not only from evil deeds, but even from evil thoughts; and further, simplicity in my way of living, far removed from the habits of the rich. From my great-grandfather, not to have frequented public schools, and to have had good teachers at home, and to know that on such things a man should spend liberally.

Having said this however, it's still worth comparing both translations which are free on the Kindle.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Very interesting, often very exemplary, journals of a well-educated man who tried to live up to his teachers, parents, and mentors in life. He writes of how he himself should live. It isn't so much a memoir, but a journal helping him to remember how he was taught, and how to apply that to his life at the moment. He leaned toward philosophy. Did his best to treat people well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meditations - 5stars May 11, 2014
By Alex
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Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard, accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.”

Before I get into details, I must say that reading Meditations was one of the hardest, but most rewarding experiences in my own personal growth. The book has done so much to ferment my prior beliefs and has helped a lot to broaden my mind and encourage me to be all that I can be.

It is very difficult in today’s world to believe in anything, whether it be divine beings, other people, or even ourselves. It is an epidemic that buries potential and love deep down and leaves anger and frustration to dictate life.

There is no reason to feel unhappy, unfulfilled, or unappreciated , and Meditations by Marcus Aurelius offers advice to anyone who is looking for self help, self love, and a rational way of directing life.

Before reading this book it is interesting to know the man that wrote it. Marcus Aurelius was the last of The Five Good Emperors of Ancient Rome. He took the title of Augustus after the death of his adopted father, Antoninus Pius, the adopted son of the late Emperor Hadrian.

However Marcus Aurelius had tried to pass on the emperorship, for he prefered a much more simple philosophic lifestyle. He accepted the honor with the sole demand that Lucius Verus, his adopted brother, would share the seat with him.

Sharing his seat of power is the one move that summarizes Marcus Aurelius’s entire life; the fear of power and the duty embedded in him through his interest in Stoicism, a philosophy that grounds itself on self-restraint, reason, and fate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The Meditations, based on the ancient Stoic philosophy, contain many valuable life lessons. I had read them before, in a more modern translation, and recalled much of value. This translation is all "thou mayest not recall thine own ...." and so on. If you can work your way through the King James Bible, you'll be OK with this translation. If not, try a different one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A hard read March 9, 2014
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There is a lot of good life wisdom in this book. But you can tell that is a very old and very private text. You have to use a lot of thought in order to follow the meanings that are expressed. It is not for casual readers, no matter the praise it has gotten. Reading it was educational, but also a time-consuming struggle. Only read if you are truly and deeply interested.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good content, poor edition March 17, 2014
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The introduction is longer than it should be, and misses the opportunity to provide truly relevant context. This particular translation obscures rather than illuminates, and given that it's not in the original language in any case, there's little to be said about maintaining original nuances. For what it's worth, the Wikisource translation is much better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of extraneous fluff January 1, 2014
By Angela
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I have no complaints about the content of Aurelius, as I am reading this more so to learn about him and stoicism. However, the language is a pain to understand. Furthermore, in the beginning, I felt as though there was a lot of shameless religious plugs for other christian texts in the book without adequate historical context. Actually, the latter aspect is what bothers me the most about the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rather like reading Montaigne
Religions have failed us, and we must return to our own understanding of life and its problems. It is a wonder that we find in Marcus Aurelius a credible moderate guide to living. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Danthong Breen
5.0 out of 5 stars One Should Always Be Familiar With This Book
In fact, everyone with a quality thinking mind should be familiar with Marcus Aurelius. I always like the part about, some 2,000+ years ago, that the politicians are corrupt and... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Gary Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading
A classic work
Published 22 days ago by Tim James Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic natural wisdom
Classic natural wisdom. Since I am not a muslim, I don't know how it fits in with that ethic, but for westerns it is useful for christians and non-christians alike. Read more
Published 24 days ago by M. E. Donnelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read.
Published 28 days ago by Holly
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I was not overly impressed
Published 29 days ago by Traveler
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by R.Kamaraj
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It's OK!
Published 1 month ago by Peter Gallo
2.0 out of 5 stars this translation is very obscure
Reads like the king James bible with all its obsolete wording and counterintuitive sentence structure. Difficult to enjoy in this format. Read more
Published 1 month ago by vette67
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was okay.
Published 1 month ago by Christina T.
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