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Epictetus - The Enchiridion - 05



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The Enchiridion

           5. Men are disturbed, not by things, but by the principles and

           notions which they form concerning things. Death, for

           instance, is not terrible, else it would have appeared so to

           Socrates. But the terror consists in our notion of death that

           it is terrible. When therefore we are hindered, or disturbed,

           or grieved, let us never attribute it to others, but to

           ourselves; that is, to our own principles. An uninstructed

           person will lay the fault of his own bad condition upon

           others. Someone just starting instruction will lay the fault

           on himself. Some who is perfectly instructed will place blame

           neither on others nor on himself.


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