From Marcus Aurelius 7.71
- “It’s silly to try and escape other people’s faults. They are inescapable. Just try to escape your own.”
Excerpt From: Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius. “Meditations.”
- “71. How ridiculous not to flee from one’s own wickedness, which is possible, yet endeavor to flee from another’s, which is not.”
Book # 7
The image of one page is here.
Of interest, to me, was the bouncing back, I have two main texts that I use for Marcus Aurelius, three, as I finally caved in and bought a digital version to supplement the public domain free version.
That’s two, one, the first, the one that caught my attention is the Gregory Hays translation, pretty modern in its approach to the meaning of the texts, while the older version is obviously more true to the real Latin translations.
Visible in that image? Opposite page? There’s the faint pencil markings for “2008,” as in, I used passage from that page, I’m guessing, in 2008.
What prompted this revel? I was looking up an unrelated matter, and stumbled across an entry that had a different Marcus Aurelius quote. While heading towards that quote, this wasn’t dyslexia, just meandering, scholar-like book-thumbing, I happened across the quote used in this passage. Which led to the other book, which gets circular.
That first passage?
Here, in the old weblog.Marcus Aurelius (Loeb Classical Library) Meditations: A New Translation (Modern Library)