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Key insights from Marcus Aurelius'


Key insights from Marcus Aurelius'


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Ancient wisdom for modern dilemmas.

Stoicism is a branch of philosophy that emphasizes individual detachment. The Stoic lets go of the many aspects of life that they can’t change, such as failing health, disasters, or professional setbacks. Instead, the Stoic focuses their energy on what they can control, like their attitudes and goals. In this Snapshot, you’ll learn how to apply the basic precepts of Stoicism to your modern-day problems by letting go of anxiety and focusing your energy on your inner life.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Are interested in ancient philosophy and the tenets of Stoicism
  • Seek basic advice for a better life
  • Wonder how the insights of a Roman emperor apply to your daily life
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Marcus Aurelius was a 2nd century Roman Emperor whose career was plagued by natural disasters, violence, and political upheaval. While Aurelius climbed to prominence almost 2,000 years ago, his writings are still relevant today and offer modern audiences insight into how a revered leader managed to do his job amid incredibly stressful circumstances.

The following sections of this Snapshot explore some of the emperor’s wisdom for maintaining personal peace and enjoying life in an unpredictable world.

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