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Roman emperor, stoic philosopher. Born in Rome AD 121. Died on the Northern frontiers of the Roman Empire AD 180. I like best that he wrote for himself, not intending to be published.
- •'Every hour of the day give vigorous attention, as a Roman and as a man, to the performance of the task in hand with precise analysis, with a affected dignity, with human sympathy, with dispassionate justice - and to vacating your mind from all other thoughts.'
- •'So where should a man direct his endeavor? Here only - a right mind, action for the common good, speech incapable of lies,...'
- •'You should take no action unwillingly, selfishly, uncritically, or with conflicting motives.'