Epicetus: Add practice then training

“(A good philosopher) should not be satisfied with mere learning, but add practice then training. For as time passes we forget what we learned and end up doing the opposite, and hold opinions the opposite of what we should.

—Epicetus.

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Epicetus: Caution

“For if a person shifts their caution to their own reasoned choices and the acts of those choices, they will at the same time gain the will to avoid, but if they shift their caution away from their own reasoned choices to things not under their control, seeking to avoid what is controlled by others, they will then be agitated, fearful, and unstable.”

—Epictetus.

Epicetus: What makes a beautiful human being? 

Then what makes a beautiful human being? Isn’t it the presence of human excellence? Young friend, if you wish to be beautiful, then work diligently at human excellence. And what is that? Observe those whom you praise without prejudice. The just or the unjust? The just. The even-tempered or the undisciplined? The even-tempered. The self-controlled or the uncontrolled? The self-controlled. In making yourself that kind of person, you will become beautiful—but to the extent you ignore these qualities, you’ll be ugly, even if you use every trick in the book to appear beautiful.” 

—Epictetus.