from The Handbook by Epictetus

5.

We are disturbed not by things but
by the views that we take of things.

So, death is not terrible or Socrates
would have feared it. The fear resides

in our notions of death, that it is terrible.
When we fail, when we grieve, may we

not blame others but only ourselves—
that is, blame the views we take.

Those who do not think about it blame others;
those who do think about it blame themselves.

The wise forget all about blame.

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