The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones
In Ryan Holidays lives of the stoics book, he mentions one stoic that we know very little about,
History does mention any of the good he did or said,
It just remembers him for the one act of slander he did and that’s how he will be remembered.
Marcus Aurelius once said –
You could leave life right, so remember that with all you say and do
Meaning any act could be your last.
That day your having an off one, and you snap at someone or make a bad call in the heat of the moment…
That one time could wipe out all the good you have ever done.
We’ve seen it countless times in the modern day too,
One tweet could cost somebody their career, their legacy.
If it’s not right dont do it, if it’s not true dont say it (Marcus Aurelius I think)