y brother sent me the book Meditations by Marcus Aurelius in the mail a few weeks ago. Less than two days after receiving the book, I was halfway in. As stated on the back of the book, “Meditations has become a required reading for statesmen and philosophers alike”, which I found to be quite intriguing. If you’re into spiritual and ethical reflection or self-improvement, I highly suggest this book. It’s by far the best I’ve read on the topic.
I’ve noted some of my favorite excerpts, so far:
“To feel affection for people even when they make mistakes is uniquely human. You can do it, if you simply recognize that they’re human too, that they act out of ignorance, against their will…” (88).
“Surrounded as we are by all of this, we need to practice acceptance. Without disdain. But remembering that our own worth is measured by what we devote our energy to” (85).
“The things you think about determine the quality of your mind” (59).
I'm always looking for a good book to read, so let me know if you have any recommendations!