Friday, July 23, 2010

The Beauty of the Mind

i am fascinated by philosophy because it pushes our minds to think about ideals in a different way. to look beyond the surface. to appreciate every little thing,the known, the unknown, the seen, the unforeseen, the absence and the apparent.

the meditations of marcus aurelius has been in my hands for the last few days. it first touched my soul when i heard a quote by him on law and order. oddly enough, the historian in me went to work, researching who he was and and his writings.

the meditations is a assortment of 12 essays. each essay consists of various thoughts, private beliefs, philosophies, and lessons learned throughout Marcus Aurelius rule as emperor in Rome.

i have posted 2 of his quotes prior to this.

here are a few more from my readings today:

" why should a man have apprehension about the change and dissolution of all the elements?" II,17.

' we are daily nearer to death" III,1

" do not waste the remainder of thy life in thoughts about others, when thou doest not refer thy thoughts to some object of common utility. " III,4

" for the man who is such and no longer delays being among the number of the best, is like a priest and minister of the gods, using the [deity] which is planted within him, which makes the man unconfined by pleasure, unharmed by any pain, untouched by insult, feeling no wrong a fighter in the noblest fight, one who cannot be overpowered by any passion, dyed deep with justice accepting with all his soul everything which happens and is assigned to him as his portion; and not often nor yet without great necessity and dor the general interest, imagining what another days, does, or thinks. " III, 4.

" a man must stand erect, not be kept erect by others." III.5

" every man lives only this present time, which is an indivisible point, and that all the rest of his life is either past of it is uncertain." III, 10

" they know not how many things are signified by the words stealing, sowing, buying, keeping, quiet, seeing what out to be done; for this is not effect by the eyes, ut another kind of vision. " III, 17

if you love these quotes invest in the book!

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