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THE STOICS : MARCUS AURELIUS

One thing, and one only-Philosophy. And true Philosophy is to observe the celestial part within us, to keep it inviolate and unscathed, above the power of pain and pleasure, doing nothing at hazard, nothing with falsehood, and nothing with hypocrisy ; careless whether another do this or that, or no ; accepting every vicissitude and every dispensation as coming from that place which was its own home ; and at all times awaiting death with cheerfulness, in the sure knowledge that it is but a dissolution of the elements whereof every life is compound. For if to the elements themselves there is no disaster in that they are for ever changing each to other, how shall we fear the change and dissolution of all ? It is in harmony with Nature, and naught that is evil can be in harmony with Nature.
If then thou hast perceived, in truth, where the matter lies, cast away the thought ` What will men think of me ? ' ; and deem it enough if thou shalt live whatever of life be left thee in concord with the will of thy nature. So learn to understand that will of hers, and let naught else distract thee. For experience has shown that in none of thy wanderings hast thou found the good life. It lies neither in logic nor in wealth, neither in fame nor sensual pleasure.-Where then ?-In doing what is prescribed by man's nature.-But how shall a man attain this ? -Through the possession of principles governing every impulse and action.-And what principles are these ?-Those concerned with good and evil, that teach us that nothing is good for man save what makes him just and temperate, brave and free ; and that nothing is evil save what effects the reverse of this.
Calmness wherewith to meet all that comes from the cause without thee; justice in every act proceeding from the cause within thee :-that is, impulse and action finding their end in doing the work of the community, as being a law of thy nature.
Let not nausea, vexation, and despair overmaster thee if thou succeed not in conforming each and every action to the canons of Philosophy ; but, when one hope has been dashed,

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