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.
50. Whatever rules you chose, treat them like laws—as if it would be impious not to obey. Forget what others may be saying of you. That’s not your concern. How long are you planning to wait to demand the best of yourself? How long will you act against reason? You know the principles. So, what… More from the Handbook of Epictetus
(Memorization of these precepts was required for admittance into the school of Epicurus) 1. A blessed and eternal being neither troubles another being nor causes trouble for another being. Because of this, a blessed and eternal being feels neither anger nor favor because either of these implies weakness. 2. Death is nothing to us because… More The Forty Principle Precepts of #Epicurus
1. A blessed and eternal being neither troubles another being nor causes trouble for another being. Due to this, a blessed and eternal being feels neither anger nor favor because either of these implies weakness. 2. Death is nothing to us because the body, when it has returned to the elements, has no feeling, and… More Epicurus, from Kuriai Doxai– “Principle Beliefs”
49. Anytime someone is showing off because he understands Chrysippus,* say to yourself: “If Chrysippus hadn’t written such difficult stuff this guy would have nothing to say.” Seriously, what do you want? You want to understand nature and to follow her. So I ask—who interprets nature? Well: I hear that Chrysippus does. But I just… More Epictetus: Are you an interpreter or a philosopher?
Work at restraint and restrain yourself from telling everyone.