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Not to feel exasperated or defeated or despondent because your days aren't packed with wise and moral actions. But to get back up when you fail, to celebrate behaving like a human—however imperfectly—and fully embrace the pursuit you've embarked on. – Marcus Aurelius. Meditations.V.9 – Marcus Aurelius was the emperor of Rome starting in 161 AD and continued until his death in 180 AD. His book or personal journal known today as The Meditations or simply Meditations, is one of the most widely read works of the ancient time and showcases the mentality and mindfulness of the emperor during his final years. – During his reign as emperor, Marcus was the most powerful man in the world. He was known as the last of the “Five Good Emperors”, a time characterized by substantial peace which brought stability to Rome. He was known for his calm demeanor, his pursuit of knowledge and virtue was one of his highest qualities. – While he brought great strength and stability to Rome, his reign was not without adversity. During his time as emperor, the country faced wars with Parthia and the Germanic tribes. – He was crowned the Philosopher King, a title which was bestowed upon those who held great power, and pursued a simple life through wisdom and intelligence. ——————————— INTERESTING FACT: in the Meditations, Marcus credits his grandfather for teaching him good character and avoidance of bad temper. – Follow @stoicwithin for more www.stoicwithin.com #stoicwithin #stoicism #marcusaurelius

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