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The International Journal the HUMANITIES Volume 5, Number 8 Skepticism, Stoicism, and the Jeffersonian Model:
Important qualities on my list are assertiveness (he was an Emperor of Rome!) and stoicism (he was influenced by the Stoics and by Stoicist men, leading to his being “stoic” in the modern sense of the word.) In Aurelius’ case the assertiveness is tempered also with several values:
In Stoicism, thought affirmed itself indifferent to all the conditions of individual existence, declaring its universality.
Bismarck was a Russophile, who had served as Prussian Ambassador in Saint Petersburg and even wore a ring inscribed with the word ‘nichevo’ as a token of his admiration for the laconic stoicism of the Russians.