make no pretence of ‘obstacle in the way.’ … like fire rising, a stone falling, a roller on a slope…

A bitter cucumber? Throw it away. Brambles in the path? Go round them. That is all you need, without gong on to ask, ‘So why are these things in the world anyway?’ Assimilate all this too, just as a strong stomach assimilates all food, or a bright fire turns all that you throw on it into flame and light… Whatever that is, it is in your power to do it or say it - and make no pretence of ‘obstacle in the way.’ … like fire rising, a stone falling, a roller on a slope… A person actually becomes better and more praiseworthy for the right use of the circumstances he meets.


Philosophical Category Tags: Marcus Aurelius 8-50 & 10-31


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