33. Start by figuring out a demeanor you can keep, alone and in company. Mostly, keep silent. Speak only when you have to, and then only a few words. If you must, talk. But don’t talk about the weather. Or sports. Or what you like to eat— the common subjects— who’s famous; who is in … More from The Handbook by Epictetus
Let’s say you’re all fleshed out. Just for jollies let’s say that. You’re all the way to wherever it is you’re going. Let’s say that. Let’s say that you are no longer lines on the page but 3-D and all filled in. And where are you? Expanded to what? And the problem is?
34. When you think about a pleasure, prepare to be disappointed. Take it slow. Think about how it will feel and how you will feel afterward. Then think about how you will feel if you abstain. Think about the pleasure of doing it, and about the pleasure of not doing it.
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.
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.