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Marcus Aurelius

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Marcus Aurelius writes (Meditations 11.3):

What a soul that is which is ready, if at any moment it must be separated from the body, and ready either to be extinguished or dispersed or continue to exist; but so that this readiness comes from a man's own judgement, not from mere obstinacy, as with the Christians, but considerately and with dignity and in a way to persuade another, without tragic show.

Marcus Aurelius was both a Stoic philosopher and an emperor.

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