“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.”
– Marcus Aurelius
I’ve read contradicting articles that this quote both is and isn’t from Marcus Aurelius.
Personally I don’t care, as when I read the quote I find it oddly calming and I feel it’s a good reflection of my own values and beliefs. It’s a quote that resonates with me and something that may do with others.
His or not, this is my favourite quote and I will continue to find peace in it.