Saturday, 30 July 2005

Marcus Aurelius Observing

And some more from Marcus Aurelius' Meditations:

"Never allow yourself to be swept off your feet: when an impulse stirs, see first that it will meet the claims of justice; when an impression forms, assure yourself first of its certainty."

"Do not copy the opinions of the arrogant, or let them dictate your own, but look at things in their true light."

" Observe how all things are continually being born of change; teach yourself to see that Nature's highest happiness lies in changing the things that are, and forming new things after their kind. Whatever is, is in some sense the seed of what is to emerge from it. Nothing can become a philosopher less than to imagine that seed can only be something that is planted in the earth or the womb."

"Observe carefully what guides the actions of the wise and what they shun or seek."

4 comments:

Light said...

The more of these I read, the more I like Marcus Aurelius...

Alterior said...

Yes, Marcus Aurelius is known as one of the 'good' emperors of Rome...otherwise known as the Philosopher Emperor. His son Commodus was a real twisted piece of shit though.

Light said...

Mm, I must've been HELL to watch Gladiator with; sat through the whole thing sniffing "Well THAT didn't happen...and he didn't die like that either..."

Sometimes I annoy even myself...

Alterior said...

Well, I kept saying that at first but then I managed to suspend disbelief as it would ahve been so much nicer if he HAD died like that. Other than that I found the soundtrack to the film absolutely magical...