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 … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself
(Memorization of these precepts was required for admittance into the school of Epicurus) 1. A blessed and eternal being neither troubles another being nor causes trouble for another being. Because of this, a blessed and eternal being feels neither anger nor favor because either of these implies weakness. 2. Death is nothing to us because … More The Forty Principle Precepts of #Epicurus
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.
40. Praise beauty and that’s what’s prized. Praise justice and the same thing happens.
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.