Say nothing more to thyself than what the first appearances report. Suppose that it has been reported to thee that a certain person speaks ill of thee. This has been reported; but that thou hast been injured, that has not been reported. I see that my child is sick. I do see; but that he is in danger, I do not see. Thus then always abide by the first appearances, and add nothing thyself from within, and then nothing happens to thee. Or rather add something, like a man who knows everything that happens in the world.



Marcus Aurelius served as Roman Emperor between 161 and 180 CE.

While on campaign between 170 and 180 CE, Aurelius wrote the Meditations, one of the most important works of ancient Stoic philosophy.

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