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by Marcus Aurelius


The book does not have a real story and is rather a collection of thoughts and scraps of Marcus Aurelius’ mind. Marcus Aurelius was a strong proponent of philosophy and is often depicted as the ideal philosopher king. His work was split into 12 books that do not really have a consistent theme within them. Philosophy and especially stoic thought are the only constant in this book. It is a very quick read and of all the books I have read probably one that I would recommend the most. Despite of the passing of two millennia, the book is as pertinent as ever.


None that I have written a blog post about. However, there are many books about philosophy and especially stoic philosophy. I have read “A Guide To The Good Life: The Ancient Art Of Stoic Joy” by William B. Irvine and his book is a very good introduction to stoicism as well as a modernized handbook on how to apply this philosophy to modern life. Once I write my critique of his modern take on stoicism (and if I do not forget it) I will link to it in this section.

interesting thoughts / quotes

The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts.

Book 5 – Marcus Aurelius

The value of attentiveness varies in proportion to its object. You’re better not giving the small things more time than they deserve.

Book 4 – Marcus Aurelius

To enter others’ minds and let them enter yours.

Book 8 – Marcus Aurelius

i liked

This book is timeless. It is incredible to see how little has changed in two thousand years. Of course, the externalities of our daily being is complete different. However, when you read the notes of the Marcus you notice that we as humans, our desires, our social interactions and our thoughts have not changed. This has been my biggest surprise and I find it astonishing that there are things, on a historical, cultural time scale, that seem constant in us humans.

i disliked

Nothing really. However, on a side note – some passages or words are intelligible due to being lost over time. This is no ones fault really and just happens with a book that is almost two millennia old.

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