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return to the fray, and rest content if but the major part of thy deeds are in line with the nature of man. And hasten as a lover to his love. Turn not to Philosophy as though she were some dreaded pedagogue, but as sore eyes turn to the sponge and egg, or the sick man to his plasters and fomentations. For so obedience to Nature will cost thee no further pang, but thou shalt rest therein and be at peace.
And remember this : the will of Philosophy cannot be in contradiction with the will of thy nature. If it seem so, then say that it was thyself willing what Nature forbids.-` Perhaps ; but it is so attractive.'-But is not this merely the favourite fallacy of pleasure ? Look and see whether magnanimity, freedom, simplicity, mercy, and holiness possess not greater attractions ! Has aught sweeter charms than wisdom, when a man can reflect that, in his understanding and reason alike, complete stability is combined with unimpeded progress ?_
Happiness is in the reach of those who follow Nature ; we can always achieve what she intends for us. When we believe ourselves the victims of misfortune, it is only because we are
N deceived by our imagination. The remedy is to control it. ONE can hinder thee from living as thy nature bids : nothing can befall thee, save as the universal Nature wills.
What is the soundest deed or word possible with the materials at thy command ? Whatever it be, its performance or utterance rests wholly with thyself, so let us hear nothing of ` impediments in the way'.
Thy duty is to set thy life in order, action by action, and to rest content if they all, so far as may be, accomplish their proper work. Nor does the man live who can prevent this consummation.-` But something external may block the path.'Nothing can block the path to a just, temperate, and thoughtful character.-` Still, perchance, some other active faculty will suffer impediment.'-But by taking this very impediment in

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