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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
vii. 9

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121–180)
 
LIKE 1 as it is with the several members of an organised body, so is it with rational beings who exist separate; the same principle rules, for they also are constituted for a single co-operation. And the perception of this will more strongly strike thy mind, if thou say often to thyself, ‘I am a member (melos) of the system of rational beings.’ But if thou say, ‘I am a part (meros)’, though thou change but one letter of the Greek, thou dost not yet love men from thy heart. Loving-kindness doth not yet delight thee for its own sake: thou still doest it barely as a thing of propriety, and not yet as doing good to thyself.  1
 
Note 1. Marc. Aurelius, vii. 9. [Trans. R. Bridges.] [back]
 
 
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