How cruel it is not to allow men to strive after the things which appear to them to be suitable to their nature and profitable! And yet in a manner thou dost not allow them to do this, when thou art vexed because they do wrong. For they are certainly moved towards things because they suppose them to be suitable to their nature and profitable to them. “But it is not so.” Teach them then, and show them without being angry.



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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