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who would fain see us gone ! Therefore, when thou comest to die, depart with cheerfulness, pondering thus: ` The life that I leave behind is one in which those fellow creatures for whom I have so often struggled, watched, and prayed are the first to wish me out of the way, hoping, 'tis like, to be quit of a killjoy.' What then will it profit thee to cling to length of days ?
But take heed thou depart not in anger, but as thou hast lived, in all friendship, goodwill, and charity;-not as one who is plucked away by violence ; but rather, as one whose body and soul a kindly death painlessly divorces, so do thou quit the things of this life. For Nature joined thee to these and made thee one with them, and now she unties the knot.-And I obey ! I go from friends, it is true, but without a struggle and without a qualm. For this act also was ordained by Nature.
How clear it is that there is no other condition of life so well adapted for philosophy as that in which thy lot is cast !
The character here revealed is not that of a man of action. Yet this delicate student did his work as emperor well. He
was perhaps inclined to be too patient, to trust too much to reason. It is too uncommon a fault to be severely blamed.
His greatest error was in the opposite direction-the persecution of the Christians, in whom no doubt he saw only obstinate
conscientious objectors, setting an example that undermined the authority of government. But it was true, at least when
Gibbon wrote, that if a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world during which the condition of the
human race was most happy and prosperous he would without hesitation name the age of the Antonines, when the world
` was governed by absolute power under the guidance of virtue and wisdom'.
How did Marcus manage to shoulder a task so uncongenial,
and in the black cloud of adverse circumstance to preserve unfaltering courage and serenity ?
He did it by the help of Stoic philosophy. We have the record of the way in which he attuned himself to his uncongenial

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