THINK thyself fit and worthy to speak, or to do anything, that is according to Nature, and let not the reproach, or report of some that may ensue upon it, ever deter thee. If it be right and honest to be spoken or done, undervalue not thyself so much, as to be discouraged from it. As for them, they have their own rational overruling part, and their own proper inclination : which thou must not stand and look about to take notice of, but go on straight.
MARCUS AURELIUS. MEDITATIONS. Book x. 24.