TRY also how a good man's life; (of one, who is well pleased with those things whatsoever, which among the common changes and chances of this world fall to his own lot and share; and can live well contented and fully satisfied in the justice of his own proper present action, and in the goodness of his disposition for the future:) will agree with thee. Thou hast had experience of that other kind of life: make now trial of this also. Trouble not thyself any more henceforth, reduce thyself unto perfect simplicity.
MARCUS AURELIUS. MEDITATIONS. Book iv. 21.
EVEN as if any of the gods should tell thee, thou shall certainly die to-morrow, or next day, thou wouldst not, except thou wert extremely base, and pusillanimous, take it for a great benefit, rather to die the next day after, than to-morrow; (for alas what is the difference!) so, for the same reason, think it no great matter to die rather many years after, than the very next day.
MARCUS AURELIUS. MEDITATIONS. Book iv. 38.