Marcus Aurelius wrote his Meditations
, while his empire
was in turmoil from plagues, floods, famines, and wars. At the time of his writing, he was with his troops on the Danube
, pouring his heart out in what was more of a journal that a book intended for publication. His writings reflected his Stoic
This public domain translation is by Meric Casaubon. The Meditations are divided into twelve books.
MARCUS AURELIUS ANTONINUS THE ROMAN EMPEROR
HIS FIRST BOOK
Wherein Antoninus recordeth, What and of whom, whether Parents, Friends,
or Masters; by their good examples, or good advice and counsel,
he had learned:
Divided into Numbers or Sections.
ANTONINUS Book vi. Num. xlviii. Whensoever thou wilt rejoice thyself,
think and meditate upon those good parts and especial gifts, which thou
hast observed in any of them that live with thee:
as industry in one, in another modesty, in another bountifulness,
in another some other thing. For nothing can so much rejoice thee,
as the resemblances and parallels of several virtues, eminent in
the dispositions of them that live with thee, especially when
all at once, as it were, they represent themselves unto thee.
See therefore, that thou have them always in a readiness