Author: Oenoanda
Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but...will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

(Traieste-ti viata bine. Dacă zeii exista şi sunt drepti, atunci nu le va pasa cat de mult i-ai venerat ci cat de virtuos ti-ai trait viata. Daca exista zei si sunt nedrepti, atunci nu ar trebui sa vrei sa-i venerezi. Daca nu exista zei, vei dispare, dar ... vei fi trait o viata nobila care va supravietui in memoria celor pe care-i iubesti)

Un citat excelent atribuit oriunde dai peste el in Internet lui Marcus Aurelius, dar nicaieri nu se specifica sursa. Este un fel de invers al pariului lui Pascal atat de vehiculat de credinciosi. Totusi, am dubii serioase ca citatul ii apartine imparatului roman, cel putin in Meditatiile sale nu apare. Mai degraba sunt cuvintele puse in gura personajului Marcus Aurelius interpretat de Richard Harris in Gladiator.
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On 23 iunie 2010, 05:42 , Lex spunea...

lol, ce tâmpenie. Oricum Meditaţiile sunt frumoase dar cred că sunt sub Enchiridionul lui Epictet.

On 28 iunie 2010, 13:33 , BlindGirl spunea...

"Most statements attributed to Aurelius, where genuine, are very likely to be from translations of the Meditations, though different translators may phrase things differently, and sometimes with very different connotations."