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Foolish Citizens of the Universe, Children of God and Mud

Why can’t a man call himself a citizen of the universe? … Why not, if he understands the administration of the universe? He has learned that the principal and greatest and most comprehensive of all things is this vast system, extending from humanity to God. 1,028 more words


Ricotta and lemony herb tart with roasted beets and pine nuts

I had a birthday the other month, and I realized I don’t really want for anything, I don’t need anything more than I have. I want a dress with pockets and some wine that’s better than we usually drink, but that’s about it. 1,448 more words


Epictetus 55 - 135 C.E.

I mentioned touchstones in a previous post, I now touch another one: Epictetus, usually noted as a stoic philosopher. But that is a bit Procrustean; there is much room for subtlety here. 232 more words


Thoughts about things

Men are not influenced by things, but by their thoughts about things.

– Epictetus