Epictetus - The Enchiridion - 06
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
6. Don't be prideful with any excellence that is not your own.
If a horse should be prideful and say, " I am handsome," it
would be supportable. But when you are prideful, and say, " I
have a handsome horse," know that you are proud of what is, in
fact, only the good of the horse. What, then, is your own?
Only your reaction to the appearances of things. Thus, when
you behave conformably to nature in reaction to how things
appear, you will be proud with reason; for you will take pride
in some good of your own.