| Epictetus. (c.A.D. 50c.A.D. 138). The Golden Sayings of Epictetus.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
|Give me but one young man, that has come to the School with this intention, who stands forth a champion of this cause, and says, All else I renounce, content if I am but able to pass my life free from hindrance and trouble; to raise my head aloft and face all things as a free man; to look up to heaven as a friend of God, fearing nothing that may come to pass! Point out such a one to me, that I may say, Enter, young man, into possession of that which is thine own. For thy lot is to adorn Philosophy. Thine are these possessions; thine these books, these discourses!|| 1|
| And when our champion has duly exercised himself in this part of the subject, I hope he will come back to me and say:What I desire is to be free from passion and from perturbation; as one who grudges no pains in the pursuit of piety and philosophy, what I desire is to know my duty to the Gods, my duty to my parents, to my brothers, to my country, to strangers.|| 2|
| Enter then on the second part of the subject; it is thine also.|| 3|
| But I have already mastered the second part; only I wished to stand firm and unshakenas firm when asleep as when awake, as firm when elated with wine as in despondency and dejection.|| 4|
| Friend, you are verily a God! you cherish great designs.|| 5|