Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself

Every instrument; every tool; every container—if they are doing what they were designed to do, they do that well, even though their designer isn’t there. And natural things—the power that shaped them lives in them. It is right to revere this power and to remember that if you live according to the dictates of this power, you are living in accord with reason. So it is with all the universe—it conforms to reason. (VI. 40)

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