Meditations are a series of thoughts by Roman Emperor and Stoic thinker, Marcus Aurelius. The thoughts in Meditations aim to be a source of guidance on how to live a happier and more productive life.
As with other Stoic philosophers, Aurelius focused on limiting emotional reactions to outside forces in life that are not under your control. Unlike the Stoics or philosophers from other schools, Marcus Aurelius held a powerful political position, as Roman emperor from 161-180 CE, making his contribution unique.
"When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they do not know how to tell good from evil. But I... have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own." This and other useful affirmations from the second century Stoic philosopher and Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius have been retranslated for the first time in 35 years by Hays, classics professor at the University of Virginia. He includes an introduction that sketches the life of Aurelius and also summarizes the principles of Stoicism.