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THE STOICS : MARCUS AURELIUS

or a piece of bread cast into a fish-pond ; toiling, burdenbearing ants ; frightened mice scurrying hither and thither ; marionettes responding to the showman's strings ;-such are the things of life. See then that thou stand in their midst, showing kindliness, rather than contempt, to all ; but ever mindful that a man's value is that of the objects on which his heart is set.,
These are sentiments we know well, the Vanitas Vanitatum of the Ecclesiast in Jerusalem, declaiming on the emptiness of life. The pessimism is common : the inference drawn from it is rare. These jeremiads in Marcus end, for the most part, in a positive conclusion which redeems them from cynicism and almost from gloom : for he tells us not merely to be indifferent to transitory happiness and suffering, but to fix our eyes on the only good that is eternal.
The great Stoics are apt to seem remote from us, and inhuman in their austere virtue. It is not so with Marcus Aurelius, who is very human and ordinary. Nature bestowed on him no exceptional qualities except a shrinking sensitiveness very unsuitable for his work. Fortune gave him a position he never desired and duties which he detested. All that he became, he became by his own patient persistence. And perhaps there is no greater evidence of the power of human beings to subdue circumstances to themselves than this clear tranquil voice, rising out of a cloud of solitude and above the din of war.

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