Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD) was a Roman emperor and a renowned philosopher.
He was a practitioner of Stoicism, a philosophy that emphasizes the importance of inner peace and personal ethics.
Aurelius is best known for his collection of personal writings, known as “Meditations,” which provide an insight into his philosophy and his personal struggles.
Despite being a powerful emperor, Aurelius was humble and lived a simple life.
He believed that life is unpredictable, and one should focus on things that are within their control rather than worrying about external circumstances.
His writings have influenced many people over the centuries and continue to inspire readers today.
The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.
The quote means that obstacles in life can be seen as opportunities to learn and grow.
Rather than being discouraged by obstacles, one should use them as a means to become stronger and more resilient.
By confronting and overcoming obstacles, we can gain valuable experience and develop a greater sense of purpose.
For readers who are interested in learning more about Marcus Aurelius and his philosophy, “The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living” by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman is an excellent resource.
The book provides daily meditations that draw upon the teachings of Stoicism, including those of Marcus Aurelius.
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