“The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.”
Reading the Stoic quotes you could be tempted to think it all sounds too inhuman, too sterile. But what I remember then is that Aurelius lived his creed and selflessly struggled to hold back the forces of entropy that were inexorably waiting for his death to pummel the seemingly invulnerable Roman Empire with the first of an endless series of blows that would eventually grind it dust. A lesser man, like his son Commodus would abandon the grinding drudgery of defending the imperial frontier and devote himself to decadent pleasure while the world dissolved.