They call him the last great pagan philosopher. You will find in him no references to a Christian God or to life after death. But he might as well be talking about God when he speaks of the universe and universal nature. In my opinion, it is another face of the same mountain that all religions and philosophies are climbing.
Here is a diamond of truth from Marcus Aurelius that I carried in my agenda for many years (from 'The Mediations of Marcus Aurelius' translated by George Long):
If thou art pained by any external thing, it is not this thing that disturbs thee, but thy own judgement about it. And it is in thy power to wipe out this judgment now. But if anything in thy own disposition gives thee pain, who hinders thee from correcting thy opinion? And even if thou art pained because thou art not doing some particular thing which seems to thee to be right, why dost thou not rather act than complain? – But some insuperable obstacle is in the way? – Do not be grieved then, for the cause of its not being done depends not on thee. – But it is not worthwhile to live if this cannot be done. – Take thy departure then from life contentedly, just as he dies who is in full activity, and well pleased too with the things which are obstacles.
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