Blog Posts - Marcus Aurelius



"Thankfully Remember..."

“Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the greatest of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.”- Marcus Aurelius ...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 3, 2016

4 Pieces of Stoic Wisdom For Dealing With Negative News Media

News headlines, predominantly negative and sensational, dominate our lives. We are barraged with news information 24/7 through our smart phones, social media, TV, websites, papers, and magazines. What is the consumption of news media doing to our bra...

Inspirational Quotes - Good Morning To Everyone

If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘Good morning’ at total strangers.- Maya AngelouI had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn’t like it...
by A2Z Quotes on Jul 9, 2016

O Bella Roma

Relatively fresh from a visit to Italy, specifically those cities which seem to be most visited by tourists like myself (Rome, Florence and Venice), I'm inclined to expound on them here--that place where I am emperor, of ice cream if anything at all.
by I, Ciceronianus; causidicus on Jun 7, 2016

Why Rushing Through Life Makes You Less Likely to Help Others

​One really daunting aspect of modern life is that we are often busy, harried, and trying to multitask. A distracted state of mind can actually be an impediment to empathy, which forms the basis of our moral convictions. Psy...

"Give Thyself Time..."

"Give thyself time to learn something new and good, and cease to be whirled around..." - Marcus Aurelius...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Feb 19, 2016

"I Will Gladly Change..."

“If any man is able to show me and prove to me that I do not think or act right, I will gladly change, for I seek the truth, by which no man was ever injured. It is only persistence in self delusion and ignorance that does harm.” - Marcus Au...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Feb 5, 2016

A Friend's Death

Brian Setzer did a song called "Sixty Years."  It's chorus contains the words "We only got sixty years on the planet (Repeat 3 times) and if you get any more you might wish that you hadn't."  It would seem he underestimated just how lo...
by I, Ciceronianus; causidicus on Jan 11, 2016

"The Object Of Life..."

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority,but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane."- Marcus Aurelius...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 26, 2015

Love the people that fate brings you together with

  ” Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.” Marcus Aurelius The post Love the people that fate brings you together with appeared first on MyLo...

"A Child of the Earth and the Starry Heavens"

The words of the title of this post are the words initiates of the Orphic mysteries were taught to say when asked to identify themselves in the afterlife.  It's a rather wonderful statement, I believe; a characterization to be proud of, poetic i...
by I, Ciceronianus; causidicus on Sep 16, 2015

Thoughts

“The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.”― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations   music+imageThanks for visiting, please be sure that I read each and every one of your kind comments, I appreciate them all. Stay tuned.

"Live A Good Life..."

"Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there a...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Jun 23, 2015

PIAZZA DEL CAMPIDOGLIO – ROME, ITALY

Piazza del Campidoglio on the Capitoline Hill, Rome This itinerary can start from nowhere else but the Piazza del Campidoglio, situated on the Capitoline Hill, which has always been the privileged seat of divinity and power.Although it is the lowest...

"All Man Can Do..."

“All man can do is lose one life, but also keep in mind that all we have is one life, so that the longest life and the shortest life amount to the same thing. Our only loss is the passing minute which is every man's equal possession for he cannot l...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on May 25, 2015

"What Does Harm..."

“If any man is able to show me and prove to me that I do not think or act right, I will gladly change, for I seek the truth, by which no man was ever injured. It is only persistence in self delusion and ignorance that does harm.” -...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on May 18, 2015

Amor Fati

It's odd that Nietzsche, who excoriated the Stoics in a frantic rant I referred to a few posts ago, referred often to amor fati,"love of fate."  He did so in such a manner as it appears to have been to him a kind of ideal state.The phrase i...
by I, Ciceronianus; causidicus on May 11, 2015

Scipio's Dream and Life in the World

Cicero wrote a dialogue called De Re Publica, which has sometimes been referred to as his Republic a la that of Plato, but is more properly translated as "Of the Republic."  The Republic in question was  that of Rome, still in existenc...
by I, Ciceronianus; causidicus on Apr 20, 2015

Marius the Epicurean as a Modern

Page references in parentheses are to Walter Pater, Marius the Epicurean (New York: The Modern Library). My copy bears no date but was printed after the time the series carried the Boni & Liveright imprint but before Random House, probably in the la...
by Poetry on the Loose on Apr 1, 2015

The Stoic and the Ubermensch

Nietzsche famously, or infamously depending on your perspective, condemned the Stoics (in his understated way) thusly:You desire to LIVE "according to Nature"? Oh, you noble Stoics, what fraud of words! Imagine to yourselves a being like Nature, boun...
by I, Ciceronianus; causidicus on Mar 20, 2015


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