A saying of the philosopher Epicurus has come down to us in Latin: Non fui, fui, non sum, non curo. Translated, that is: I did not exist. Then, I existed. Now I don’t. I don’t care.
Think back on all those who have been, those you have known and those you haven’t. Now, remind yourself: Where are they? Nowhere, or nobody knows where. Human beings are like smoke and what has been won’t be again in this infinite cosmos. Then there is you, here, now. What do you feel compelled to … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself
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
No one is so lucky that there won’t be someone near the deathbed saying, “It’s about time!” Let’s say the dying person has lived a wise and good life. Someone will be thinking, “At last we’re done with that prude! No, he wasn’t cruel, but I could tell he was always judging me.” That sort … More Marcus Aurelius, advice about dying
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