37. When you pretend you can do what you cannot do, you demean yourself and prevent someone who might do the job from doing it. Someone who might turn out to be a friend.
42. When anyone speaks ill of you or treats you badly, remember this: he thinks he is right. Others won’t do what you think right, but only what they think is right. If someone gets you wrong, who is the one that’s wrong? Think this way and when someone puts you down, you will think… More Epictetus on Opinions
40. Praise beauty and that’s what’s prized. Praise justice and the same thing happens.
39. Just as a foot fills up its shoe, your body is as far as your possessions go. Stop there and you’ve measured rightly. Go further and . . . go over a cliff– Just as a shoe loses purpose when first it’s purple; then gilded; then covered in jewels. After something goes beyond mere… More On Stopping with Enough, from the Handbook by Epictetus
38. When you walk, you watch out for twisting an ankle or stepping on a nail. Just so, watch out for twisting your mind. Do this for everything you do and you should be OK.
13. If you wish to improve, accept being thought a bit simple and foolish when it comes to things of this world. Don’t try to look smart. If you look smart, you’re doing something wrong. Here’s the truth: it’s not easy keeping in harmony with nature if you’re out to collect the things of this… More from The Handbook by Epictetus