On Stoicism


“Make sure you’re not made ‘Emperor,’ avoid that imperial stain. It can happen to you, so keep yourself simple, good, pure, saintly, plain, a friend of justice, god-fearing, gracious, affectionate, and strong for your proper work. Fight to remain the person that philosophy wished to make you. Revere the gods, and look after each other. Life is short—the fruit of this life is a good character and acts for the common good.”


Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor, and the lessons he learned from his position of power. He wrote reminders to himself, to keep his perspective and remain grounded despite his success and the lies from people who looked to him for favors. The message is to stay true to oneself and let reason lead even when good fortune comes along.

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