“The point of life is to follow reason and the divine spirit and to accept whatever nature sends you.”
Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius was born on this day in AD 121. This striking half-life-sized bronze portrait was found near Brackley in Northamptonshire.
Marcus Aurelius’ philosophical ‘Meditations’ are considered to be one of the world’s most influential works, incorporating stoic principles he used to cope with life as a warrior and leader. Aurelius’ reign was troubled by natural disasters and war. His personal writings outline a philosophy of commitment to virtue above pleasure, and tranquility above happiness.