Marcus Aurelius, in his book “Meditations” has written extensively about stoicism and how to build self discipline. Marcus Aurelius was one of the last stoic emperors and Stoicism isn’t complete without him. Mr. Smart has crafted this summary of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius to help viewers learn about stoic practices.

Do you wonder if Meditations is a purposefully written book or something else? It is, in fact, a private bedside journal of Marcus Aurelius. These private notes were never meant to be published for fanfare or commercial interests. Thus, the insights in Meditations are the genuine and honest thoughts of one of the deepest thinkers of all time. This video is, in fact, Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations review. Watch till end for Marcus Aurelius’ Quotes from Meditations.

Certain stoic thoughts and ideas keep popping up as Marcus Aurelius faces challenges, conspiracies and constraints in the day while in the night he engages in deep reflection and writes his personal notes before sleep. These recurring ideas and principles are what Marcus thought to be important for himself to inculcate in his own life. These Stoic Principles have become even more important in modern life.

These are eight stoic principles and practices of Marcus Aurelius extracted from masterpiece “Meditations,”

00:00 8 Stoic Lessons of Marcus Aurelius
04:58 1. Mind your own business
07:22 2. Two wrongs don’t make a right
08:52 3. Don’t care about the opinion of others
10:29 4. Embrace change
11:39 5. Get focused before you die
12:49 6. What stands in the way becomes the way
14:24 7. Choose not to be harmed… and you haven’t been
15:43 8. Let thy deeds be few

These eight stoic rules have the potential to change, if not revolutionize, your life for better. These practices are equally useful for a common person as well as most powerful individuals of the time.

However, you would need to fully internalize these virtues and practice them religiously to change your life for better.


1) “How to Be Stoic” by Massimo Pigliucci:
2) “Courage Under Fire” by James Stockdale:
3) “Stoicism and the Art of Happiness” by Donald Robertson:
4) “How to Think like a Roman Emperor” by Donald Robertson:
5) “The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy” by Donald Robertson:
6) “A Guide to the Good Life” Joy by William Irvine:
7) “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb:
8) “Stoic Warriors” by Nancy Sherman:
9) “Stoicism” by John Sellars:
10) “Stoics, Epicureans, and Sceptics” by R. W. Sharples:

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