To live consistently with naturewas a familiar maxim among the Stoics. Only by putting aside passion, unjust thoughts, and indulgence and by performing duty with the right disposition can people attain true freedom and rule as lords over their own lives.
See J. M. Rist, Stoic Philosophy (1969) A. A. Long, ed., Problems in Stoicism (1971) A. A. Long and P. N. Sedley, The Hellenistic Philosophers, (2 vol., 1987) M. Reesor, The Nature of Man in Early Stoic Philosophy (1989).
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