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THE STOICS : MARCUS AURELIUS

Volesus, and Leonnatus-ring strange to a modern ear. Scipio and Cato will soon follow, and in a little while Hadrian and Antoninus will share the same fate. So quickly does human glory fade into the legendary ; so quickly is it merged in absolute oblivion.
These instances of mine have been men to whom circumstances have lent a sort of meteoric splendour ; as for the rest, let the breath but quit their body and they vanish' unhonoured and unsung'. And what is this 'undying fame' at the best ? A vanity of vanities.
What then is left towards which a man is justified in bending all his energies ? Only this ; a mind attuned to justice, action devoted to the good of the community, a tongue that knows not falsehood, and a disposition that hails every turn of fortune as necessary, as foreknown, and as proceeding from the same first cause and flowing from the same fount.
Let thy thoughts often dwell on the infinity of men, of infinite professions and infinite nations, who have passed away. On this side, descend from the present time to Philistion, Phoebus, and Origanion ; then turn to another ilk. We must remove to that bourne which has received so many great orators, so many high philosophers,-Heraclitus side by side with Pythagoras and Socrates, so many heroes of old, so many captains and kings thereafter ! Eudoxus, Hipparchus, and Archimedes swell the tale, with their kindred spirits, bold, soaring, unwearied, revolutionary, and sublimely confident ; scoffers, who, like Menippus and the rest, made this precarious and ephemeral life of man their laughing-stock. Bethink thee, all these have long ago come to dust. But what reek they ? Or what reck they whose names perished with them ?
In sum, in this life there is but one possession of great price, -to pass thy days with truth and justice, showing kindness to those who know neither truth nor justice.
The pompous ineptitude of a show ; stage-plays ; flocks and herds ; perpetual skirmishes ; a little bone thrown to puppies,

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On this side, descend from what is present time to Philistion, Phoebus, and Origanion ; then turn to another ilk. We must remove to that bourne which has received so many great orators, so many high philosophers,-Heraclitus side by side with Pythagoras and Socrates, so many heroes of old, so many captains and kings thereafter ! Eudoxus, Hipparchus, and Archimedes swell what is tale, with their kindred spirits, bold, soaring, unwearied, revolutionary, and sublimely confident ; scoffers, who, like Menippus and what is rest, made this precarious and ephemeral life of man their laughing-stock. Bethink thee, all these have long ago come to dust. But what reek they ? Or what reck they whose names perished with them ? 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