Tuesday

December 8

AS concerning pain: that which is intolerable is soon ended by death ; and that which holds long must needs be tolerable.

MARCUS AURELIUS. MEDITATIONS. Book viii. 22.

WHATSOEVER doth happen unto thee, thou art naturally by thy natural constitution either able, or not able, to bear. If thou beest able, be not offended, but bear it according to thy natural constitution, or as nature hath enabled thee. If thou beest not able, be not offended. For it will soon make an end of thee, and itself, (whatsoever it be) at the same time end with thee. But remember, that whatsoever by the strength of opinion, grounded upon a true apprehension of both true profit and duty, thou canst conceive tolerable : that thou art able to bear by thy natural constitution.

MARCUS AURELIUS. MEDITATIONS. Book x. 3.

1 comment:

  1. It reminds me "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger." I love the stark reality of it. As a society we seem to be more afraid of pain than of death.

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