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We must laugh and philosophize all at once, and work and survive and never stop repeating the sayings of philosophers
46. Don’t declare yourself a philosopher or talk about all your principles; walk the walk instead. At dinner, don’t discourse on the proper way to eat. Just eat. Here’s how Socrates did it: When someone asked Socrates to introduce him to a particular famous philosopher, he did it without thinking “I’m better.” When the ignorant … More Epictetus on Walking the Walk
Don’t buy this reasoning: “I’m richer than you, therefore I’m better.” “I’m more eloquent than you, therefore I’m better.” Here is reasoning: “I’m richer than you, therefore I have more stuff.” “I’m more eloquent than you, therefore I speak better.” Remember what you are. You are not money; you are not fancy words.
43. There’s always two handles to grab onto— one good to grab, the other useless. You’ve been wronged? Don’t grab the handle labeled “injustice.” You can’t carry wrongs that way. Do just the opposite. Remember the person doing the injustice— that one is human too.