Do unsavory armpits and bad breath make you angry? What good will it do you? Given the mouth and armpits the man has got, that condition is bound to produce these odors. “After all, though, the fellow is endowed with reason, and he is perfectly able to understand what is offensive if he gives any thought to it.” Well and good: but you yourself are also endowed with reason; so apply your reasonableness to move him to a like reasonableness; expound, admonish. If he pays attention, you will have worked a cure, and there will be no need for passion; leave that to actors and streetwalkers.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180) Roman emperor (161-180), Stoic philosopher
Meditations, Book 5, #28
Added on 8-Nov-13 | Last updated 8-Nov-13
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