"A great commanders death is famous; but philosophers mostly die in their beds. Still it makes a difference how they die."
To me what Cicero seemed to mean is that even though in the end we will all eventually pass on to the next life. A persons legacy will be determined by the manner in which they exist on this world. Of course unless you go ahead and plan your death in a spectacular fashion; we will all pretty much end up taking the philsophers road to the after life.
- Robby Silk