Notes on


Marcus Aurelius



From my governor…I learned the endurance of labour, and to want little, and to work with my own hands, and not to meddle with other people’s affairs, and not to be ready to listen to slander.


From Appollonius I learned freedom of will and undeviating steadiness of purpose; and to look to nothing else, not even for a moment, except to reason; and to be always the same, in sharp pains, on the occasion of the loss of a child, and in long illness; and to see clearly in a living example that the same man can be both resolute and yielding, and not peevish in giving instruction.


From Sextus… the idea of living comfortably to nature and gravity without affectation, and to look carefully after the interests of friends, and to tolerate ignorant persons, and those who form opinions without considerations…he never showed anger or any other passion, but was entirely free from passion, but also most affectionate.


From my brother Severus… I observed no concealment of his opinions of his opinions with respect to those whom he condemned, and that his friends had no need to conjecture what he wished or did not wish, but it was quite plain.


From my brother Maximus I learned self government and not to be let aside by anything; and cheerfulness in all circumstances, as well as in illness; and just an admixture in the moral character of sweetness and dignity, and to do what was set before me without complaining… he never showed amazement or surprise, and was never in a hurry, and never put off doing a thing, nor did he ever laugh to disguise his vexation, nor, on the other hand was he ever passionate or suspicious.
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