First, my review may be a little different because I read it from a different perspective so hopefully it sheds a little light on not just the man, but his method. Marcus Aurelius was quoted in a book about Professionalism that I have been reading and it peaked my interest as to why someone would use one quote, as one would from the Bible, if it could be out of context? My thinking was, "read the whole book". So, I did and I was very surprised to find a man who though he was a learned Stoic student, exemplified the very basic principles of what "Christians" are taught to be and also of professionalism; i.e. trust, forgiveness, straight forwardness, patience, kindness. It started to sound a lot like the seven fruits of the Spirit were imbodied in this man who was a professed pagan. I was moved by how godly, little "g", he was compared to men who profess to be Godly, big "G". If you are a professional or desire to become one, Marcus Aurelius was a Caesar and by all means embodied his title with the utmost professionalism. P.S. he repeats himself a lot, so just be prepared to realize "we will all die" and "all matter will be forgotten". Cheers!