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The Stoic system of physics was materialism with an infusion of pantheism.
It should be a man's task, says the Imitation, 'to overcome himself, and every day to be stronger than himself.' 'In withstanding of the passions standeth very peace of heart.' 'Let us set the axe to the root, that we being purged of our passions may have a peaceable mind.' To this end there must be continual self-examination.
To serve the divine spirit which is implanted within him, a man must 'keep himself pure from all violent passion and evil affection, from all rashness and vanity, and from all manner of discontent, either in regard of the gods or men
Zeno, the founder of Stoicism,
and to be easy and ready to be reconciled, and well pleased again with them that had offended me
'Let not thy peace,' says the Christian, 'be in the mouths of men.'
Is any man so foolish as to fear change, to which all things that
once were not owe their being

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