easier for the philosophers; as their life is less exposed to the assaults of fortune, their wants are fewer;
and, if any misfortune overtakes them, their fall is not
so disastrous. Not without reason, therefore, are
stronger emotions aroused in those who engage in
public life than in those who live in retirement, and
greater is their ambition for success; the more,
therefore, do they need to enjoy greatness of spirit
and freedom from annoying cares.
If anyone is entering public life, let him beware
of thinking only of the honour that it brings; but
let him be sure also that he has the ability to
succeed. At the same time, let him take care not
to lose heart too readily through discouragement nor
yet to be over-confident through ambition. In a
word, before undertaking any enterprise, careful
preparation must be made.