10. And if anything happens which
does not foster ourselves or our affairs with joyous success, it is not
to be set down forthwith as an evil, and as a pernicious thing.
The world rains or does not rain: for itself it rains or does not
rain; and, though you perhaps are ignorant of it, it either diminishes
excessive moisture by a burning drought, or by the outpouring of rain
moderates the dryness extending over a very long period. It
raises pestilences, diseases, famines, and other baneful forms of
plagues: how can you tell whether it does not thus remove that
which is in excess, and whether, through loss to themselves, it does
not fix a limit to things prone to luxuriance?