Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Quote

“A man should be upright, not be kept upright.”

~ Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Meditations, Book III, 5  (c.161-180 AD)

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

(-; absolutely, I like it ;-) and, I might add - not kept physically through hand outs or, kept by the appearance of uprightness (by the government's industrial media complex, the politically correct crowd, etc.)

J Carlton, Calgary

We are becoming a nation of dependent children. It has to stop...NOW!

Leo, Miami,FL


Ken, Allyn, WA

The Stoics were a wise bunch. Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus...It is the Stoic philosophy that characterized Rome at the height of it's power just as it did at the height of our own power. Corruption of politics and people brought an end to Rome just as it will to us.

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Anon    4/8/10

Agree Ken. Washington DC has become a giant shark infested ocean where when their not tearing each other apart they are certainly tearing the citizenry apart.

E Archer, NYC

That's what being a 'man' is.

Ronw13, Oregon

" Be upright " Yashar, ( level, meet,"right in the eyes of the Lord" When yashar pertains to people, it is best translated "just" or "upright". God is the standard of uprightness for His people. " Good and upright is the Lord: therefore will he teach sinners in the way"Psalm 25:8. He will reveal His uprightness as a blessing to His people. " [ He ] said, if thou will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight." Ex 15:26. Liberty and Freedom are the blessing of the Lord. Tamiym, upright, ( perfect, blameless, sincerity.) When used as Tamam, upright ( moral and ethical soundness ) " Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression." Psalm 19:13 Now to order your conversation Psalm 50:23 "aright" Yatab, does not mean amend nor improve your ways but to make ones course line up with that which is pleasing to God and that which is well-pleasing in His sight. This our Founding Fathers accomplished for their children sake. ours.

Robert Edwards, somewhere in the USA

My favourite emperor. In his usual style, simple and straight to the point.  


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