P.G. Wodehouse, The Mating Season:
I turned to Jeeves.
“What do you mean. Yes, sir?”
“I was endeavouring to convey my appreciation of the fact that your position is in many respects somewhat difficult, sir. But I wonder if I might call your attention to an observation of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. He said: ‘Does aught befall you? It is good. It is part of the destiny of the Universe ordained for you from the beginning. All that befalls you is part; of the great web.
I breathed a bit stertorously.
“He said that, did he?”
“Well, you can tell him from me he’s an ass.”
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