Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself

Epictetus taught that each of us must develop rules about saying yes, and, in actions, each of us must be careful about the circumstance—that an action be consistent with social good and the reason it is being performed. Then ask if the action is mere vice or not, and if it is attempting to interfere with nature. Then, any question is not difficult; only ask: is this action sane or insane?  XI. 37-38. 

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