On Reading Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations


I posted the other day in Facebook about having read Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations. I wish I had read it as a young man, ordering my life at its outset with its wise, profound counsel, bringing sanctuary and stability in an often troubled world. It’s that good, but read it in the Hays translation to ease your way. There are some books one should read every year. For me, Meditations is one of them:

“People try to get away from it all—to the country, to the beach, to the mountains. You always wish that you could too. Which is idiotic: you can get away from it anytime you like. By going within. Nowhere you can go is more peaceful—more free of interruptions—than your own soul.” (4.3) —Marcus Aurelius

Author: RJ

Retired English prof (Ph. D., UNC), who likes to garden, blog, pursue languages (especially Spanish) and to share in serious discussion on vital issues such as global warming, the role of government, energy alternatives, etc. Am a vegan and, yes, a tree hugger enthusiastically. If you write me, I'll answer.

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