Meditations Summary

Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161–180 CE, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy.

Book Reviews


It is by far the most peaceful and beautiful book I’ve ever read.5 star

I liked the fact that i am currently in this mindset, i kind of understand most of it and that it is all about being peaceful both inside and outside.55

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Gigachad5 star

Marcus Aurelius tells us how to live a life of value that will bring you happiness,success,virtue and respect, through the stoic lense. A masterclass on how to live your life.55


Life changing5 star

Incredible work of the stoic ideal.55

Hapihamr Biga

Typos Typos Typos1 star

I started this read and am abandoning it before I have even completed the introduction. The typos are terrible. Don’t bother with this one.15

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Positive reflections4 star

His meditations give intimate descriptions of the common theories of life,-religious outlook- yet still offer usefulness for reflection and ultimately, application. (Moral philosophy)45


Life as is supposed to be lived5 star

A must read for everyone. Knowledge that holds true today; classic.55


Diamonds in the Rough4 star

If you can bear the archaic language, you will enjoy this book. The best part is the appendix.45


Victorian translation.2 star

Victorian translation. Accurate, but sounds a bit stilted to a modern ear.25


Demonstrating the need for a modern translation2 star

It is a fine service that this translation has been made freely available. For myself, however, I find it an unsatisfactory translation, because the translator insists on using antique phrasings in the style of the King James Bible. Perhaps this was an effort to dignify and honor Aurelius' work, but Aurelius' thoughts need no such assistance, and are harmed by the artificial patina of age applied here, and the air of pontification it creates. Instead, his thoughts require only the clearest possible translation into modern English. That done, they speak for themselves and unpretentiously make their own dignity. Unwittingly, in my view, this translation deprives Aurelius' thoughts of their natural dignity, forthrightness, and ability to speak directly to the reader across the millennia, by inserting the barrier of a pulpit between Aurelius and his reader.25

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