By Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Aubrey Stewart
I'd really say, Serenus, that there's as huge a distinction among the Stoics and the opposite sects of philosophers as there's among women and men, due to the fact each one classification contributes an equivalent percentage to human society, however the one is born to command, the opposite to obey. the opposite philosophers take care of us lightly and coaxingly, simply as our accustomed kinfolk physicians frequently do with bodies, treating them no longer via the simplest and shortest approach, yet by means of that which we let them hire; while the Stoics undertake a manly direction, and don't care approximately its showing appealing to people who are coming into upon it, yet that it may as quick as attainable take us out of the realm, and lead us to that lofty eminence that is to this point past the scope of any missile weapon that it truly is above the succeed in of Fortune herself. "But the best way in which we're requested to climb is steep and uneven." What then? Can heights be reached by way of a degree direction? but they don't seem to be so sheer and precipitous as a few imagine. it is just the 1st half that has rocks and cliffs and no obvious outlet, simply as many hills visible from some distance off look unexpectedly steep and joined jointly, as the distance deceives our sight, after which, as we draw closer, these very hills which our flawed eyes had made into one progressively spread themselves, these elements which appeared precipitous from afar imagine a carefully sloping define. whilst simply now point out was once made up of Marcus Cato, you whose brain revolts at injustice have been offended at Cato’s personal age having so little understood him, at its having distributed a spot lower than Vatinius to at least one who towered above either Caesar and Pompeius; it appeared shameful to you, that once he spoke opposed to a few legislation within the discussion board his toga used to be torn from him, and that he used to be hustled throughout the arms of a mutinous mob from the Rostra so far as the arch of Fabius, enduring all of the undesirable language, spitting, and different insults of the frantic rabble.
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