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The Enchiridion, by Epictetus: IV

When you are going to take in hand any act, remind yourself what kind of an act it is. If you are going to bathe, place before yourself what happens in the bath: some splashing the water, others pushing against one another, others abusing one another, and some stealing: and thus with more safety you will undertake the matter, if you say to yourself, I now intend to bathe, and to maintain my will in a manner con­formable to nature. 58 more words


Stoic Stoic

I’m taking this class in Religious Studies, and in the chapter of our text about “The Human Problem,” the author refers to Stoicism as a once prevalent belief system for coping with such a problem. 351 more words

Finding Your Wings While Fighting the Drag of Criticism

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“If you hear that someone is speaking ill of you, instead of trying to defend yourself you should say: “He obviously does not know me very well, since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned”” 575 more words


How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself and in no instance bypass the discriminations of reason? You have been given the principles that you ought to endorse, and you have endorsed them.

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The Enchiridion, by Epictetus: III

In everything which pleases the soul, or supplies a want, or is loved, remember to add this to the (description, notion): What is the nature of each thing, beginning from the smallest? 57 more words


Your Will is All You Truly Have to Possess

I wonder very often today why so many of us have chosen to cast off the one thing we can control: our own power over our will. 138 more words