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THE STOICS : EPICTETUS

and must cease to accuse God or man : you must utterly put away the will to get, and must will to avoid only what lies within the sphere of your will : you must harbour no anger, wrath, envy, pity : a pretty girl, a fair name, favourites, or sweet cakes, must mean nothing to you.
You must make your Governing Principle pure, and hold fast this rule of life: ` Henceforth my mind is the material I have to work on, as the carpenter has his timber and the shoemaker his leather : my business is to deal with my impressions aright. My wretched body is nothing to me, its parts are nothing to me. Death ? Let it come when it will, whether to my whole body or to a part of it. Exile ? Can one be sent into exile beyond the Universe ? One cannot. Wherever I go, there is the sun, there is the moon, there are the stars, dreams, auguries, conversation with the gods.'
The true Cynic must know that he is sent as a messenger from God to men concerning things good and evil, to show them that they have gone astray and are seeking the true nature of good and evil where it is not to be found, and take no thought where it really is : he must realize that he is sent ` to reconnoitre '. For the Cynic has to discover what things are friendly to men and what are hostile : and when he has accurately made his observations he must return and report the truth, not driven by fear to point out enemies where there are none, nor in any other way disturbed or confounded by his impressions.
He must then be able, if chance so offer, to come forward on the tragic stage, and with a loud voice utter the words of Socrates: ` Oh race of men, whither are ye hurrying ? What are you doing, miserable creatures ? You wander up and down like blind folk : you have left the true path and go away on a vain errand, you seek peace and happiness elsewhere, where it is not to be found, and believe not when another shows the way.' Why do you seek it outside ? Do you seek it in the body ? It is not there. If you doubt, look

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