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drance ? How can that which is naturally dead-earth and clay-be great or precious ? What then ? Have you no element of freedom ?
` Perhaps none.'
Why, who can compel you to assent to what appears false ?
'No one.'
And who to refuse assent to what appears true ?
'No one.'
Here then you see that there is something in you which is naturally free. What man among you can have will to get or to avoid, impulse to act or not to act, or can prepare or put an object before himself, without conceiving an impression of what is profitable or fitting ?
'No one.'
Here too, then, you have free and unhindered action. Miserable men, develop this, set your minds on this, seek your good here.
` Nay, but how is it possible for a man who has nothing, naked, without home or hearth, in squalor, without a slave, without a city, to live a tranquil life ?'
Lo, God has sent you one who shall show indeed that it is possible. 'Look at me : I have no house or city, property or slave : I sleep on the ground, I have no wife or children, no miserable palace, but only earth and sky and one poor cloak. Yet what do I lack ? Am I not quit of pain and fear, am I not free ? When has any of you ever seen me failing to get what I will to get, or falling into what I will to avoid ? When did I blame God or man, when did I accuse any? Has any of you seen me with a gloomy face ? How do I meet those of whom you stand in fear and awe ? Do I not meet them as slaves ? Who that sees me but thinks that he sees his king and master ?' There you have the true Cynic's words ; this is his character and plan of life. No, you say, what makes the Cynic is a little wallet, and a staff and a big pair of jaws ; to devour or hoard everything you give him or to revile out

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