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Marcus Aurelius


Bertrand Russell was not impressed with Marcus AureliusMeditations. He described the writings as evidence of a  "tired age" where people who could not be happy pretended it didn’t matter while they focused on being good.
  Emperor of Rome; nephew and son-in-law and adoptive son of Antonius Pius; Stoic philosopher; the decline of the Roman Empire began with his choice of successor (121-180)
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Niccolò Machiavelli referred to him as the last of The Five Good Emperors (a consecutive succession of unusually good Roman emperors). Gibbon repeated that description in the 18th century in The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

Also famous for writing Meditations, which described some of his stoic philosophy.
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  • Bertrand Russell was not impressed with Marcus AureliusMeditations. He described the writings as evidence of a  "tired age" where people who could not be happy pretended it didn’t matter while they focused on being good.
  • We burned copies of Dante and Swift and Marcus Aurelius.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • He quoted a passage from Marcus Aurelius, something he felt strongly about.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • Puerile they may be; but these sublime puerilities were peculiar to Saint Francis d’Assisi and of Marcus Aurelius.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • In his library he read, to soothe himself, from the works of Marcus Aurelius.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • He lifted the breadbox and took out a tiny volume bound in leather, and the gold tooling was almost completely worn away—The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in English translation.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • They drew attention to human fellowship, they were preoccupied with politics, and many of them, notably the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (A.D. 121-180), were active statesmen.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Marcus Aurelius.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Oh, it wasn’t always vexation or the snapping and bickering of little dogs to which Marcus Aurelius compares the daily carryings on of men, though I once in a while see what he was getting at.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • There was a long account of an inspection Commerce himself had conducted on the quadrangle, a description of a girl he had dated from Agnes Scott, a conversation he had with his father, an argument he had with his roommates, more test scores, and some quotations from Marcus Aurelius.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline

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  • Socrates should enter into Adam and produce Marcus Aurelius; in other words, the man of wisdom should be made to emerge from the man of felicity.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Like to read Marcus Aurelius?
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Who else would have stolen Marcus Aurelius?" He went into the sitting room and pulled a chair near to the sleeping Adam.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
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