Tuesday, June 14, 2022

The Wise Man's Task

Appearances to the mind are of four kinds.  Things either are what they appear to be; or they neither are, nor appear to be; or they are, and do not appear to be; or they are not, and yet appear to be.  Rightly to aim in all these cases is the wise man's task.

-- Epictetus (c. 55 - c. 135 AD), born a slave, Greek Stoic philosopher.  The name given by his parents, if one was given, is not known.  The word epiktetos in Greek simply means "acquired", Discourses Book I, ch. 27

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