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. An insult to the intelligence is like an illness. Ignorance is a plague to all living things. 

(Book IX.2)


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