Recommended For: Every Human Being Everywhere at Any Point in Their Life. Read it.
You have probably heard of Marcus Aurelius, the Roman Emperor. This book is a compilation of his journal entries. Even though we are a couple thousand years removed from his time period, I find that almost every entry has direct application to my life. It’s hard to discern whether he was ahead of this time, or simply timeless. The premise of the book is that we are in control of our thoughts, words, actions and ultimately our lives. He details the fluidity between good and bad, failure and success. This book of philosophy is firmly rooted in stoicism and is something that I will re-visit for years to come as its principles can be applied to any and every situation. Here are a few examples of excerpts:
“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”
“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”