from the Handbook of Epictetus

2.
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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