Sunday

October 19

KEEP yourself awake. It is no inconsiderable matter you have to guard, but modesty, fidelity, constancy, enjoyment, exemption from grief, fear, perturbation; in short, freedom. For what will you sell these? Consider what the purchase is worth.—"But shall I not get such a thing instead of it? "—Consider, if you do get it, what it is that you obtain for the other. I have decency; another the office of a tribune: I have modesty; he has the proetorship.

EPICTETUS. DISCOURSES. Book iv. §3. ¶1.

JUSTICE cannot be preserved, if either we settle our minds and affections upon worldly things; or be apt to be deceived, or rash, and inconstant.

MARCUS AURELIUS. MEDITATIONS. Book xi. 9.

2 comments:

  1. As always, Life is about balance. We need to be careful of what we give away in order to gain position or prominence.

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  2. Epictetus warns us to protect modesty, fidelity, constancy, enjoyment and decency. Marcus seems to kick it up a notch by warning that our very virtues (i.e. Justice) are at stake, and Virtue is central to our happiness, and to the fulfilled life. In short setting our minds and hearts on worldly things and positions, and allowing ourselves to be inattentive to appearances, not giving full thought to our actions, these are what will rob us of our serenity, our justice, our courage, our temperance, and our wisdom.

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