Marcus Aurelius was the emperor of Rome and the most powerful man in the world. Meditations is an inside look at what someone with infinite power who practices the Stoic Philosophy thinks about.
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(Aurelius Marcus, Meditations XI, 3) ..
Essayist Matthew Arnold described the man who wrote these words as “the most beautiful figure in history.” Possibly so, but he was certainly more than that. Marcus Aurelius ruled the Roman Empire at its height, yet he remained untainted by the incalculable wealth and absolute power that had corrupted many of his predecessors. Marcus knew the secret of how to live the good life amid trying and often catastrophic circumstances, of how to find happiness and peace when surrounded by misery and turmoil, and of how to choose the harder right over the easier wrong without apparent regard for self-interest.