"Yes, but I am afraid there will rise up, by the side of us, a sect like that of Epictetus
, you know him well; the philosopher of Hieropolis, he who called bread luxury, vegetables prodigality, and clear water drunkenness; he who, being beaten by his master, said to him, grumbling a little it is true, but without being angry, `I will lay a wager you have broken my leg!' -- and who won his wager."
You don't have to sit on her lap and listen to talk that would make the book of a musical comedy sound like the maxims of Epictetus
. You ought to be thankful you're not a dog.
One of the privileges of a freedman in the ancient republics of Greece, was the permission to take an active interest in public affairs; and Aesop, like the philosophers Phaedo, Menippus, and Epictetus
, in later times, raised himself from the indignity of a servile condition to a position of high renown.
How truly does Epictetus
observe: 'We know not what awaiteth us round the corner, and the hand that counteth its chickens ere they be hatched oft-times doth but step on the banana-skin.' The prophets who anticipated a struggle keener than any in football history were destined to be proved false.
And for some reason over time, this man or woman became more stoic than Epictetus
- believing that "virtue is sufficient for happiness." On his or her deathbed, the regret is forgetting to be happier.
Greek philosopher Epictetus
professed that all external events are beyond our control and that we should accept calmly whatever happens.
But I kept Epictetus
' wisdom in mind, telling myself 'bear and forbear' as I whimpered through the valley of tears.
himself so eloquently puts it, "Some things are within our power, while others are not.
Mill and utilitarianism, of Nietzsche and of the challenge to embrace the "eternal return," of Hannah Arendt's conception of the "banality of evil," of the Book of Job's picture of how suffering reveals God, of Epictetus
and the Stoic conception that suffering atones us with nature, of Confucius on the relationship between suffering and empathy, and of how the life of the great blues musician Sidney Bechet illustrates suffering's potential for stimulating artistic creativity.
But almost 2,000 years ago, the Greek philosopher Epictetus
wrote, "It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters."
Patalinghug, Professor Emeritus of the University of the Philippines and Trustee of Stratbase ADR Institute, suggested an alternative approach.
A superb new edition of Epictetus
's famed handbook on Stoicism-- translated by one of the world's leading authorities on Stoic philosophy.