Marcus Aurelius

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    6 Responses to Marcus Aurelius

    1. If you can get past the fact he tossed early Christians into the arena to be mauled to death by wild animals, he really had some great insight, for being a sociopath and all.


    2. I’ve lived by a rather similar philosophy, so it’s nice to see it on screen. However, Aurelius didn’t say this. He said:

      “Since it is possible that thou mayest depart from life this very moment, regulate every act and thought accordingly. But to go away from among men, if there are gods, is not a thing to be afraid of, for the gods will not involve thee in evil; but if indeed they do not exist, or if they have no concern about human affairs, what is it to me to live in a universe devoid of gods or devoid of Providence?”

      These two quotations don’t mean the same thing. The former is just someone’s misinterpretational paraphrase of the latter, which has been by others misattributed back to the very guy it was erroneously interpreted as being implied by.

      Still, great sentiment … but fuck you, internet.


      • Well… considering you don’t source your quote, how are you any better?


        • Generally speaking, if you don’t know Marcus Aurelius, you won’t know the difference – and if you do know Marcus Aurelius, you know The Meditations (Book 2, specifically).

          Moreover, I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that my unsourced quote being accurate makes me better than the unsourced quote that’s bollocks.


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