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5.0 out of 5 stars If I could meet just one person in history......., December 2, 2004
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This review is from: Meditations: A New Translation (Paperback)
This is one of my favorite books of all time, and will always hold a place on my bookshelf. Of few things I am quite certain; this is one.

I have read a number of versions of this book, and to date, this is the best translation in my opinion. Gregory Hays does a fantastic job and deserves kudos for this translation. The writings are clear, almost as if Marcus was talking directly to you. In some translations you have to read the passages several times before the meaning is as clear as I find it in this translation. Marcus had a profound understanding of human behavior, and this is quite evident from his passages. Reading this is a soothing balm for the soul like nothing else I can think of. I have a version I keep on my bookshelf and one I carry around with me because it gets beaten up.

What a remarkable person Marcus must have been, made moreso in my estimation by the fact that he was a ruler. He had everything at his disposal, including wealth, and yet he saw through all of it to what was truly important in life. And the fact that The Meditations was never even written to be turned into a book makes it all the more impressive and meaningful. Who among us has such insightful random thoughts on such a consistent basis?

When you have a headache, take an aspirin; when you want to understand our place in the universe a little better, pick up The Meditations to read.
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