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presides over the individual's prayers, and regulates your requests by the rule of your interests. You will not manage him by bringing your desires before his court with pathetic words, with cries of ` Pity', with clouds of dust poured on your head, and, perhaps, with reproaches, such as

If e'er with wreaths I hung your sacred shrine.
But God says : Is the object of your prayer good ? Receive it, if you are deserving. If you are that, you need no prayer : you shall receive, though you hold your tongue.
` But ', you say, ` Socrates went to the Piraeus to pray, and urged men to do it, and his whole life was full of prayer.' Yes, and Pythagoras, and Plato, and all who have been intimate with heaven, have prayed. But whereas you think that the philosopher's prayer was a request for things which he had not, I think that it was a communion and conversation with God about what he had and a revelation of His goodness. Do you suppose that Socrates prayed for money or for control of Athens ? A thousand times, no. He asked in prayer from God, but received from himself, with God's assent, spiritual goodness, peace of life, a blameless existence, a death full of hope, wonderful gifts, the gifts of heaven. If a man asks the earth for a prosperous voyage, the sea for a rich harvest ; if he asks a weaver for a plough and a carpenter for a mantle, he will retire without obtaining his gift and his request.
Zeus, Athena, and Apollo, overseers of the characters of men, you need philosophers as pupils to receive your art with strong souls and reap a noble and happy harvest of life. But this kind of husbandry is rare ; it grows with difficulty and comes late. Yet life needs this rare and scanty spark, that reveals itself at various times and in different men, like a tiny light in profound darkness. For beauty is not abundant in human nature,

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yet this slight element preserves the world. Take philosophy from life, and you take its fire, its breath, its vitality, all in it that knows how to pray : just as by taking the life from a body you deprive it of motion, by taking the fruits from the earth you mutilate it, by taking the sun from the day you quench its light.

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