| Epictetus. (c.A.D. 50c.A.D. 138). The Golden Sayings of Epictetus.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
|Whom then shall I yet fear? the lords of the Bedchamber, lest they should shut me out? If they find me desirous of entering in, let them shut me out, if they will.|| 1|
| Then why comest thou to the door?|| 2|
| Because I think it meet and right, so long as the Play lasts, to take part therein.|| 3|
| In what sense art thou then shut out?|| 4|
| Because, unless I am admitted, it is not my will to enter: on the contrary, my will is simply that which comes to pass. For I esteem what God wills better than what I will. To Him will I cleave as His minister and attendant; having the same movements, the same desires, in a word the same Will as He. There is no such thing as being shut out for me, but only for them that would force their way in.|| 5|