The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius (photo source: wikimedia commons)

Like the Tao Te Ching, this is a collection of short, powerful statements. If only Aurelius had a sense of humor like Lao Tzu, or as generous a view of life. Still, some of the chapters have have a cold, wintery beauty about them. Best read as poetry rather than any consistent statement of philosophy. Only readable in small bites, which makes it perfect for the subway.