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Epictetus, from The Handbook

#51. The first question of philosophy is how to put philosophy into action. Take this for instance: “We ought not lie.” Good philosophy! Now ask a second question: “Why shouldn’t we lie?” Now, connect

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Epictetus, from The Handbook

48. The unthoughtful never look at themselves as the source of their own help or harm but rather blame everyone and everything else. The thoughtful, however, look to themselves as the source of help a

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Seneca, from “On the Shortness of Life”

XVI. Those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future live brief and troubled lives. When they reach the end of it, the poor wretches see too late how long they bothered about doing

05/28/2016 08:31:20 AM

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Seneca, “On The Shortness of Life,” XIV

Of all people, only those who take the time for philosophy really live, for they are not content to live out only their own lives but live in all the ages—all of history adds to their lives. Unless we

05/16/2016 08:10:02 AM

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Epictetus, from The Handbook

43. There are always two handles by which to grasp something— one is good to grab, the other useless. You’ve been wronged? Don’t grab the handle labeled “injustice.” You can’t carry wrongs that way. D

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