The Meditations of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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R. Cruttwell, 1792 - Philosophy - 377 pages

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Page 325 - Like leaves on trees the race of man is found, Now green in youth, now withering on the ground ; Another race the following spring supplies, They fall successive, and successive rise: So generations in their course decay, So flourish these, when those are past away.
Page 333 - Tis not a lip, or eye, we beauty call, But the joint force and full result of all. Thus when we view some well-proportion'd dome, (The world's just wonder, and ev'n thine, O Rome!) No single parts unequally surprise, All comes united to th' admiring eyes; No monstrous height, or breadth or length appear; The whole at once is bold and regular.
Page 200 - Now, as the Emperor Antoninus, Rome is my city and my country ; but, as a man, I am a citizen of the world.
Page 258 - Do Panthea and Pergamus still wait at the tomb of Verus, or Chabrias and Diotimus at that of Hadrian ? That would be absurd indeed ! And what if they were there, would those princes be sensible of the service ? Granting they were, what satisfaction would it be to them ? And suppose they were pleased, would these waiters be immortal \ Are they not doomed to age and death with the rest of mankind...
Page 284 - Every action, therefore, which has not that end, either immediately or remotely at...
Page 362 - For if it had been juft, it would have been practicable ; and had it been according to nature, nature would have brought it to pafs.
Page 368 - ... you: for all things were intended by nature to change, to be converted into other forms, and to perifh; that other things may be produced, in perpetual lucceflion.
Page 237 - Whatever is neither agreeable to your reafon, or conducive to the benefit of fociety, you may juftly confider as beneath your attention. 64. When you have done a favour to any one, and he has profited by your kindnefs, why fhould you (as fomeJ filly people do) look any further; either for the reputation of having done a generous action, or for a return from the perfon whom you have obliged ? No one is ever weary of receiving favours from their friends. Now it is doing yourfelf a favour, to act conformably...
Page 74 - Similar to this is another miftake, which you muft guard againft. You fee people bufy in trifles, and fatiguing themfelves with a variety of affairs, yet, like thofe who fhoot at random, without any certain end or mark to which their thoughts or actions are directed. 8. You will hardly find any man unhappy from being ignorant of what...
Page 219 - Jimilar, of what is right ; and therefore you ought to pardon the delinquent. But fuppofe you differ in your fentiments; you ought at leaft to bear with patience and equanimity a man that offends you through ignorance and error. 25. Do not fuffer your imagination to dwell upon the things which you want, but upon the advantages which you poflefs.

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