If you find yourself alone, riding in green fields with the sun on your face, do not be troubled. For you are in Elysium, and you’re already dead!
I’ve seen much of the rest of the world. It is brutal and cruel and dark. Rome is the light.[to Marcus Aurelius]
I knew a man who once said, “Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back.”[to Commodus, quoting Marcus Aurelius]
Free my men. Senator Gracchus is to be reinstated. There was a dream that was Rome. It shall be realized. These are the wishes of Marcus Aurelius.[ to Quintus]
Do you not understand? I may die in this cell tonight, or in the arena tomorrow. I am a slave! What possible difference can I make?[to Lucilla]