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goodness present in the world, by reminding himself that evil makes opportunities for virtue.
EASE thy disquisitions on the ideally good man, and become good !
Trouble not thyself by pondering life in its entirety. Strive not to comprehend in one view the nature and number of the burdens that, belike, will fall to thy share. Rather, as each occasion arises in the present put this question to thyself : 'Where lies the unbearable, unendurable part of this task ?' Confession will put thee to the blush ! Next recall to mind that neither past nor future can weigh thee down, only the present. And the present will shrink to littleness if thou but set it apart, assign it its boundaries, and then ask thy mind if it avail not to bear even this!
Let it be thy hourly care to do stoutly what thy hand findeth to do, as becomes a man and a Roman, with carefulness, unaffected dignity, humanity, freedom, and justice. Free thyself from the obsession of all other thoughts ; for free thyself thou wilt, if thou but perform every action as though it were the last of thy life, without light-mindedness, without swerving through force of passion from the dictates of reason, without hypocrisy, without self-love, without chafing at destiny.
Thou seest how few things are needful for man to live a happy and godlike life : for, if he observe these, Heaven will demand no more.
Let not the future trouble thee : thou wilt encounter it, if need be, with the same sword of reason in thy hand that now serves thee against the present.
When thou wilt rejoice thy soul, think of the virtues of thy fellow men ; here energy, there modesty or generosity ; here, again, some other noble trait. For there is no keener pleasure than to observe these patterns of the virtues, displayed in the characters of those around us, and exhibited as rankly as possible. Let us therefore keep them ever before our eyes.
Men are continually seeking retreats for themselves, in the

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