Today’s Quote from Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius


“Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already. Among what you have already chose the best and then consider how eagerly you would have looked for it if you hadn’t it.”


One of the best books about Marcus Aurelius is the following:

Meditations: with selected correspondence (Oxford World’s Classics)

Marcus Aurelius


Robin Hard, Christopher Gill

Publication Date

September 15, 2011


OUP Oxford; 1 edition (September 15, 2011)

File Size

980 KB

Print Length

209 Pages

‘Do not act as if you had ten thousand years to live … while you have life in you, while you still can, make yourself good.’ The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) is a private notebook of philosophical reflections, written by a Roman emperor probably on military campaign in Germany.

Customer reviews:

This, however, is a well-formatted and highly readable version of his work and makes the ideas clear and accessible, and I recommend it to anyone looking to familiarize themselves with Romanized stoic philosophy.

Conveying several concepts that are similar to Buddhist ideas, Aurelius stresses the importance of understanding that everything changes, that our negative experiences are a result of the interpretations of events rather than the events themselves, and that we are all a part of a whole system and our failure to realize this causes unnecessary suffering. He encourages humility and living according to the laws of the universe.

Great words from one of history’s best stoics. Marcus Aurelius provides practical advice with deep philosophical insight and philosophical literature with practical applications.