Choice Epitetus

“Demand not that events should happen as you wish; but wish them to happen as they do happen, and your life will be serene.”


“To make the best of what is in our power, and take the rest as it occurs.”


“Sickness is an impediment to the body, but not to the will, unless itself pleases. Lameness is an impediment to the leg, but not to the will; and say this to yourself with regard to everything that happens. For you will find it to be an impediment to something else, but not truly to yourself.”


“I cannot escape death; but cannot I escape the dread of it? Must I die trembling and lamenting?”


“No thing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.”


“Let death and exile, and all other things which appear terrible, be daily before your eyes, but death chiefly; and you will never entertain any abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything.”

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