Quotes from Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius – Quotes

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius is a book that has been living on my desk for months, but it hasn’t been gathering dust like some of the other books I have on my desk. I actually frequently read from it, usually when I’m taking a short break from the computer screen. I rest my eyes reading beautiful quotes.

I’m not a stoic, but I guess there’s a little stoic in me whether I admit it or not. Moreover, I don’t know how or why, but there’s something subliminally Christian about Marcus Aurelius that I like. Reading lines from Meditations has a calming effect.

The first time I read Meditations was years ago. And I have underlined dozens of sentences. Most of the times, those are the sentences I read when I’m on my short breaks. They are either thoughts that I agree with or statements that trigger something in me.

Here are some of the quotes that I have underlined:

  • It is a king’s part to do good and be ill spoken of.
  • Perfection of character requires this, that you should live each day as though it were your last, and be neither excitable, nor lethargic, nor duplicitous.
  • Always live the finest of lives; and the power to do so lies in one’s soul, if one is indifferent to things indifferent.
  • I have often marveled at how everyone loves himself above all others, yet places less value on his own opinion of himself than that of everyone else.
  • Close is the time when you will forget all things; and close, too, the time when all will forget you.
Smoking an Ashton Symmetry cigar while reading Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea

Have a Cigar: Ashton Symmetry Robusto

Name: Ashton Symmetry Robusto

Country: Dominican Republic

Shape: Parejo

Size: Robusto (5 inches x 50)

Strength: Medium to Full

It was a sunny November morning, and I didn’t want to waste it.
The sea was a dark blue satin bedsheet; the cargo ships stretched and slept on it like newborn babies.
The clouds in the turquoise sky were few, white, and friendly — like floating daydreams.
The fresh air glided into my lungs and filled me with tranquility.
I opened my humidor to choose the cigar of the day.
The robusto vitola seemed right for the occasion.
I paired the cigar with homemade cappuccino and Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea.
It was a morning well spent.

Only I have no luck any more. But who knows? Maybe today. Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.

From Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea
Puro Del Oro Cigar Review

Have a Cigar: Puro Del Oro Petit Torpedo

Name: Puro Del Oro Petit Torpedo

Country: Nicaragua

Shape: Torpedo

Size: (5 inches x 64)

Strength: Medium to Full

Earthy, creamy with coffee notes, the Puro Del Oro Petit Torpedo is a decent budget cigar that you can enjoy while you read the news or a good book after a long day.

Good draw. Thick, cloudy smoke. Good burn, though a little uneven when my draws became a little sporadic. But that’s because I was drawn into the book I was reading.

The story I was reading while smoking was Nikolai Gogol’s “The Nose.” I found it to be funny and entertaining. Every now and then, however, words of wisdom suddenly surfaced. Here’s a quote from it:

But there is nothing enduring in this world, and that is why even joy is not as keen in the moment that follows the first; and a moment later it grows weaker still and finally merges imperceptibly into one’s usual state of mind, just as a ring on the water, made by the fall of a pebble, merges finally into the smooth surface.

from “The Nose” by Nikolai Gogol