Marcus Aurelius


Meditations is the journal of one of Marcus Aurelius, the last of the five good Roman emperors. It's a fascinating read through the most intimate thoughts from an important historical figure. Besides learning more about how Marcus thought, the reader can learn more about the Stoic philosophy.


Reading Meditations by Marcus Aurelius is about finding inner peace and moral certainty. Daily chaos aside, you have a choice on how you react when the world tries to obliterate you and your goals. There is way too much distraction in our way today.

Stoicism is helpful for startup founders and investors. In our lives, the sharpest of all elbows are around us with envy, competition, and hate. Stoicism helped me find my dark side. It’s a reliable framework to develop independent thinking and spiritual tranquility.

Every startup founder should read the work of Marcus Aurelius.

Favorite Quotes

"You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength."
“You must be ready to receive wealth and prosperity without arrogance, and be ready to let it go.”
“Accept everything which happens, even if it seem disagreeable because it leads to this, the health of the universe and to the prosperity and felicity of Zeus. For he would not have brought on any man what he has brought if it were not useful for the whole. The integrity of the whole is mutilated if thou cuttest off anything. And thou dost cut off, as far as it is in thy power when thou art dissatisfied, and, in a manner, triest to put anything out of the way."

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