The Incivility of Rage

“Keep this thought handy when you feel a fit of rage coming on: it isn’t manly to be enraged. Rather, gentleness and civility are more human, and therefore manlier. A real man doesn’t give way to anger and discontent, and such a person has strength, courage, and endurance — unlike the angry and complaining. The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength.”
-Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 A.D.

This excerpt is from Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations (11.18.5b)

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