To be free of passions yet full of love.
When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: the people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous and surly. They are like this because they can't tell good from evil.
But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own - not of the same blood and birth, but the same mind, and possessing a share of the divine. And so none of them can hurt me. No one can implicate me in ugliness. Nor can I feel angry at my relative, or hate him. We were born to work together like feet, hands and eyes, like the two rows of teeth, upper and lower. To obstruct each other is unnatural. To feel anger at someone, to turn your back on him: these are unnatural....
A plague can kill you but it will only harms you if it will destroy your charachter.
Marcus was writing this book after a plague, 15 years of horrible pandemic. He lost children and friends in it.
It's not unfortunate, it's fortunate that it happen to me because I remained unharmed by it and I can use this.