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- Print Length: 147 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1503280462
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 12, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0082XJGRK
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Meditations Kindle Edition
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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.
“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.Read more ›
"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." - Aurelius, Marcus (2012-05-12). Meditations (p. 1). . Kindle Edition.
Reading this you would think that his great grandfather had encouraged him to attend public schools when the opposite is actually true. Additionally, I could not muddle through everything after the semicolon and arrive its meaning, even though I know the meaning. Here is a better translation:
"From my great-grandfather, not to have frequented public schools, and to have good teachers at home, and to know that on such things a man should spend liberally." - Aurelius, Marcus (2012-03-01). Meditations (Dover Thrift Editions) (Kindle Locations 121-122). Dover Publications. Kindle Edition.
Spend the 95 cents and get the Dover Thrift edition:
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This must be the original "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" advice tome. Packed with great observations and reflections on how to be, at essence, a good human being (father,... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Kaui
This is so poorly edited. There are typos, punctuation errors, and horrible lineation/pagination on almost every page.Published 1 month ago by C. Cahoon
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Everyone should read gently through this. Everyone will find something that was true 2000 years ago and is still true. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary Boissel
The idea that we can see into the mind of a man that lived so long ago is amazing! The fact that much of what he said is still true today is a true testament of the power of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mongiovi
My all time favorite! I first read Aurelius' Meditations 30 years ago and I still find this to be insightful and a good go -to for aphorisms and philosophical views on life that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Lots of wisdom here. Unfortunately, the writing style doesn't hold my attention. I'm a dullard.Published 1 month ago by M Schmick
My husband is very interested in the art of stoicism, and follows many blogs and reads many things regarding his practice. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Autumn + Ridley