To Marcia, on Consolation VII

Moreover, that which depends upon nature is not weakened by delay, but grief is gradually effaced by time.

However obstinate it may be, though it be daily renewed and be exasperated by all attempts to soothe it, yet even this becomes weakened by time, which is the most efficient means of taming its fierceness.

You, Marcia, have still a mighty sorrow abiding with you, nevertheless it already appears to have become blunted: it is obstinate and enduring, but not so acute as it was at first: and this also will be taken from you piecemeal by succeeding years.

Whenever you are engaged in other pursuits your mind will be relieved from its burden: at present you keep watch over yourself to prevent this.

Yet there is a great difference between allowing and forcing yourself to grieve.

How much more in accordance with your cultivated taste it would be to put an end to your mourning instead of looking for the end to come, and not to wait for the day when your sorrow shall cease against your will: dismiss it of your own accord.