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Epictetus, from The Handbook — July 10, 2015
Epictetus, from the Handbook — August 31, 2015
Epictetus from The Handbook–the will — August 20, 2015
from The Handbook by Epictetus, “Where Your Piety Goes” — August 15, 2015

from The Handbook by Epictetus, “Where Your Piety Goes”

The essence of a proper
relationship with nature
is to see that nature

does what nature
does very well.

Obey nature.
Yield to nature.
Nature is wise.

Yield and you will not fault nature.
You won’t think nature is punishing you.

All you need remember is
what is within your power.

Good and evil? Remember what
is within your power.

You want to assign blame? Why?

Assign evil to something and
what do you do?
Blame those who do it?
What is the point?

Think about this: every creature is
inclined toward avoiding what it hates
and pursuing what it loves.

Think about this:
there is no way you will rejoice
in the success of those
you think hurt you.

Where our interests are,
that is where our piety goes.

Isn’t this the way with
the sailor and the weather

or the merchant and the deal?
And when we lose loved ones?

Learn nature. Then start noticing
where your desires and aversions go. IMG_1027

Epictetus, from the Handbook–Going to a Fortune Teller — August 11, 2015

Epictetus, from the Handbook–Going to a Fortune Teller


Everyone wants his fortune told.
But wait: You know what you want,
don’t you? OK, think—is that
within your power? If not, it’s
neither good nor bad. Yes,

everyone wants her fortune told.
If you go to a fortune teller, don’t
take your desires or dislikes along.
If you do, you’ll be worried.

Keep this in mind:
events don’t care
about you, so you
can’t care about events.

What is in your power is to make
of each event what you can.

If you can do that,
go to the fortune teller!

Nature will do as it does do.

Is your nation or your friend in danger?
Share the danger.
That’s the right thing to do.

Does the fortune teller predict disaster?
So? The right thing to do is to
stick with your nation or your friend.

Death? Mutilation?
Reason says to stick
with your friend
and your country.

from the Handbook of Epictetus — August 3, 2015

from the Handbook of Epictetus

Remember: desire means grasping
for what you desire. Hatred
means avoiding what you hate.

Not getting what you desire
means disappointment. Getting
what you hate equals misery.

Avoid what you have power to avoid.

Sickness, poverty, death?
You’ve got no power there.

Hate what you have power
to avoid. Desire what you can
get. And always, please, be
gentle, discrete, and moderate.


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