September 1

THOU and God exist.—
So think! for certain: think the mass-mankind
Disparts, disperses,—leaves thyself alone!
Ask thy lone soul what laws are plain to thee,
Thee and no other! stand or fall by them!
That is the part for thee.
Robert Browning

HE spirit ought to be brought up for examination daily. It was the custom of Sextius when the day was over, and he had betaken himself to rest, to inquire of his spirit: “What bad habit of yours have you cured to-day? What vice have you checked? In what respect are you better?” Anger will cease, and become more gentle, if it knows that every day it will have to appear before the judgment seat. What can be more admirable than this fashion of discussing the whole of the day’s events? How sweet is the sleep which follows this self-examination.
Lucius A. Seneca

WHAT use do I put my soul to? It is a serviceable question this, and should frequently be put to one’s self. How does my ruling part stand affected? And whose soul have I now? That of a child, or a young man, or a feeble woman, or of a tyrant, of cattle or wild beasts.
Marcus Aurelius


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