ault, is he ever humiliated, is he ever envious? To these
he directs all his attention and energy; but as to every
thing else he snores supine. All is peace; there is no
robber who takes away his will,This is quoted by M. Antoninus, xi. 36. no tyrant. But what
say you as to his body? I say there is. And his possessions?
I say there is. And as to magistracies and honours?—
What does he care for them?—When then any person would
frighten him through them, he says to him, Begone, look
for children: masks are formidable to them; but I know
that they are made of shell, and they have nothing inside.
About such a matter as this you are deliberating.
Therefore, if you please, I urge you in God's name, defer
the matter, and first consider your preparation for it. For
see what Hector says to Andromache, Retire rather, he
says, into the house and weave:
War is the work of men
Of all indeed, but specially 'tis mine.
II. vi. 490.
So he was conscious of his own qualification, and knew