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THE STOICS : EPICTETUS

` They are thieves,' you say, ` and robbers.'
What do you mean by thieves and robbers ?
` They are gone astray and know not what is good and
what is evil.'
Ought we then to be angry with them or to pity them ? Only show them their error and you will see how they desist from their faults. But if their eyes are not opened, they regard nothing as superior to their own judgement.
` What !' you say. ` Ought not this robber and this adulterer to be put to death ?'
Nay, say not so, but rather, ` Should I not destroy this man who is in error and delusion about the greatest matters and is blinded not merely in the vision which distinguishes white and black, but in the judgement which distinguishes good and evil ?' If you put it this way, you will recognize how inhuman your words are ; that it is like saying, ` Should I not kill this blind man, or this deaf one ?' For if the greatest harm that can befall one is the loss of what is greatest, and a right will is the greatest thing in every one, is it not enough for him to lose this, without incurring your anger besides ? Man, if you must needs harbour unnatural feelings at the misfortune of another, pity him rather than hate him ; give up this spirit of offence and hatred : do not use these phrases which the backbiting multitude use, ` These accursed and pestilent fools'.'

On Parting from Home and Friends
The following is addressed to some one who is leaving his home in Greece for Rome, and who is homesick :
WHAT are the burdens that weigh upon us and drive us out of our minds ? What else but our judgements? When a man goes away and leaves the companions and the places and the society that he is used to, what else is it that weighs upon him but judgement ? Children, when they

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