MARCUS AURELIUS. MEDITATIONS. Book vi. 28.
This was our reading from Words of the Ancient Wise this morning. I tried to boil it down into a couple of sentences, a couple of phrases even, but every word seemed important and eloquent. This is an emperor's testimony about a subject he loved, a man's testimony about a mentor, a friend's testimony about a friend. It seemed callous and almost irreverent to take away any words so I left it as is, although it is a translation from the Greek that Musonius Aurelius wrote in for his journal.
My wish is that I live my life that my ruler, friend and compatriot would say the same of me. Let us all aspire to do the same.