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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
xi. 16

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121–180)
 
.. CONSIDER 1 too that thou thyself often sinnest, and however thou differ from others, thou art yet of the same stuff as they.  1
  And if may be thou refrain from certain sins, yet thou hast at least the disposition to commit them;  2
  Even though thro’ cowardice or concern for thy reputation or for some such mean motive thou may’st refrain …  3
 
Note 1. Marcus Aurelius, xi. 16. It is questionable whether the word Sin should be used in translating a Stoic: but with this warning I think it best serves in this place. [Trans. R. Bridges.] [back]
 
 
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