Book 8.2

“2. In every action ask thyself, How does it affect me? Shall I regret it? But a little and I am dead and all that lies between is past. What more do I ask for, as long as my present work is that of a living creature, intelligent, social, and under one law with God?”

Excerpt From Complete Works of Marcus Aurelius 8.2

“2. For every action, ask: How does it affect me? Could I change my mind about it? But soon I’ll be dead, and the alate’s empty. So this is the only question: Is it the citron of a responsible being, part of society, and subject to the same decrees of the gods?”

Reminds me of Shakespeare, what’s past is prologue.

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius (Loeb Classical Library)
Delphi Complete Works of Marcus Aurelius – Marcus Aurelius
Meditations – Marcus Aurelius & Gregory Hays
Meditations: A New Translation (Modern Library)
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