Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

Dover Thrift Editions - 1997

a revised and updated version of George Long's translation


Occupy yourself with few things...

Occupy yourself with few things, says the philosopher, if you would be tranquil.

The soul of a man does violence to itself...

The soul of a man does violence to itself, first of all, when it becomes an abscess and, as it were, a tumor on the universe. For to be vexed at anything that happens is a separation of ourselves from nature, in some part of which the natures of all other things are contained. In the next place, the soul does violence to itself when it turns away from any man, or even moves toward him with the intention of injuring, as happens when people are angry.

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