Meditations of Marcus Aurelius



Meditations of
Marcus Aurelius

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Meditations of Marcus Aurelius Book III

We ought not only to consider that our life is daily wasting away and a smaller part of it is left, but another thing also must be taken into the account, that if a man should live longer, it is quite uncertain whether the understanding will still continue sufficient for the comprehension of things, and retain the power of contemplation which strives to acquire the knowledge of the divine and the human.  For if he shall begin to fall into dotage, perspiration and nutrition and imagination and appetite, and whatever else there is of this kind, will not fail; but the power of making use of ourselves, and filling up the measure of our duty, and clearly seperating all appearances, and considering whether a man should now depart from life, and whatever else of the kind absolutely requires a disciplined reason, all this is already extinguished.  We must make haste then, not only because we are daily nearer to death, but also because the conception of things and the understanding of them cease first.

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