“If all emotions are common coin, then what is unique to the good man? To welcome with affection what is sent by fate.
Not to stain or disturb the spirit within him with a mess of false beliefs.
Instead, to preserve it faithfully, by calmly obeying God – saying nothing untrue, doing nothing unjust.
And if the others don’t acknowledge it – this life lived in simplicity, humility, cheerfulness – he doesn’t resent them for it, and isn’t deterred from following the road where it leads: to the end of life.
An end to be approached in purity, in serenity, in acceptance, in peaceful unity with what must be.” by Marcus Aurelius