Meditations

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Men look for retreats for themselves, the country, the seashore, the hills; and you yourself, too, are peculiarly accustomed to feel the same want. Yet all this is very unlike a philosopher, when you may at any hour you please retreat into yourself. For nowhere does a man retreat into more quiet or more privacy than into his own mind, especially one who has within such things that he has only to look into, and become at once in perfect ease; and by ease I mean nothing else but good behaviour. Continually, therefore, grant yourself this retreat and repair yourself. But let them be brief and fundamental truths, which will suffice at once by their to wash away all sorrow, and to send you back without repugnance to the life to which you return.


Marcus Aurelius, "Meditations". Marcus Aurelius (121 – 180 AD) was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD. Marcus Aurelius' Stoic tome Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, is still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and preserve equanimity in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration.


The photo is taken at Millesgården. This head is what it remains of a Roman statue, copy of a Greek one, included in the Mille's antique collection.  I always loved its' serene, yet melancholic, expression that I always associate with Marcus Aurelius' "Confessions". I'm in awe of such art that can touch you through not centuries, but millenia.


Carl Milles (1875 – 1955) was a Swedish sculptor. Millesgården, that he designed and was his home, is now a museum with Milles' antique collection, sculpture garden, and art gallery. 




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