from Exhortations to Himself by Marcus Aurelius

Without doubt it would be sweet to die without ever having encountered the lying, hypocrisy, wastefulness, and pridefulness of humankind. The second sweetest thing is to die when you’ve had enough of all these things. I’m sure you have decided over and over to ignore what human beings do, only to be disgusted once again. … More from Exhortations to Himself by Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself

We are all working together on one project, some with knowledge and design, others without knowing what they are doing, as if they are asleep. It was Heraclitus, I think, who said that everyone takes part in what happens in the universe. But people cooperate in different ways—some work hard, some complain, and some hinder … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself