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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Epictetus. (A.D. c. 50–c. 138) (continued)
 
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    Appear to know only this,—never to fail nor fall.
          That Courage is not inconsistent with Caution. Book ii. Chap. i.
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    The materials of action are variable, but the use we make of them should be constant.
          How Nobleness of Mind may be consistent with Prudence. Chap. v.
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    Shall I show you the muscular training of a philosopher? “What muscles are those?”—A will undisappointed; evils avoided; powers daily exercised; careful resolutions; unerring decisions.
          Wherein consists the Essence of Good. Chap. viii.
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    Dare to look up to God and say, “Make use of me for the future as Thou wilt. I am of the same mind; I am one with Thee. I refuse nothing which seems good to Thee. Lead me whither Thou wilt. Clothe me in whatever dress Thou wilt.”
          That we do not study to make Use of the established Principles concerning Good and Evil. Chap. xvi.
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    What is the first business of one who studies philosophy? To part with self-conceit. For it is impossible for any one to begin to learn what he thinks that he already knows.
          How to apply general Principles to particular Cases. Chap. xvii.
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    Every habit and faculty is preserved and increased by correspondent actions,—as the habit of walking, by walking; of running, by running.
          How the Semblances of Things are to be combated. Chap. xviii.
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    Whatever you would make habitual, practise it; and if you would not make a thing habitual, do not practise it, but habituate yourself to something else.
          How the Semblances of Things are to be combated. Chap. xviii.
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    Reckon the days in which you have not been angry. I used to be angry every day; now every other day; then every third and fourth day; and if you miss it so long as thirty days, offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to God.
          How the Semblances of Things are to be combated. Chap. xviii.
 

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