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Of the desire of admiration.

When one maintains his proper attitude in life, he does not long after externals. What would you have, O man?

" I am contented, if my desires and aversions are conformable to nature; if I seek and shun that which I ought, and thus regulate my purposes, my efforts, and my opinions."

Why, then, do you walk as if you had swallowed a spit?

"Because I could wish moreover to have all who meet me admire me, and all who follow me cry out, What a great philosopher! "

Who are those by whom you would be admired? Are they not the very people who you used to say were mad? What, then, would you be admired by madmen?


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