Marcus Aurelias is a stoic philosopher whose work, Meditations, is here translated with varying degrees of success. This is a heavy heavy read. Featuring very long sentences, very big, obscure words, and long and tedious appendices and glossaries, Meditations is repetitious and indecipherable in places. However, amongst the ancient verbosity is some very solid and fascinating philosophy. There are some wonderful quotes and some very insightful observations of, and comments on, the human condition.
If you don’t want to read it all, or any of it, here is my summary: “Think very carefully before you do anything, discipline yourself, and accept whatever fortune throws your way with good grace.”
You need to be prepared to wade through a lot of very dense prose to find the nuggets of wisdom but it is worthwhile. There were times when I thought I would never reach the end of Meditations, but I persisted and was rewarded sufficiently.