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

31. 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? … More from The Handbook by Epictetus, “Where Your Piety Goes”

Epictetus, from the Handbook–Going to a Fortune Teller

32. 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 … More Epictetus, from the Handbook–Going to a Fortune Teller