Marcus Aurelius quote about fear from Meditations - It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live according to nature.
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It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live according to nature.
 Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (c. 170 - 180). copy citation

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Author Marcus Aurelius
Source Meditations
Topic fear nature living
Date c. 170 - 180
Language English
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Note Translated by George Long
Weblink https://www.gutenberg.org/files/15877/15877-h/15877-h.htm

Context

“But if to a state without sensation, thou wilt cease to be held by pains and pleasures, and to be a slave to the vessel which is as much inferior as that which serves it is superior: for the one is intelligence and Deity; the other is earth and corruption" (iii. 3). It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live according to nature (xii. 1). Every man should live in such a way as to discharge his duty, and to trouble himself about nothing else. He should live such a life that he shall always be ready for death, and shall depart content when the summons comes.” source

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