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THE STOICS : EPICTETUS

at the great athletes. In property ? It is not there. If you disbelieve, look at the rich men of to-day, and see how full their life is of lamentation. In political power ? It is not there. If it were, then those who have twice or thrice been consuls should be happy, but they are not. Whom shall we trust on this matter ? Shall we trust you who look upon their fortune from outside and are dazzled by the outward show, or the men themselves ? What do they say ? Listen to them, when they lament and sigh, and think their condition to be more miserable and perilous just because of their consulships and glory and distinction. Shall you find it in royalty ? It is not there. If it were, Nero would have been happy.
In what then does the good reside, since it is not in these things ?
It is where you think not, and will not seek for it. For if you had wished you would have found it in yourselves and would not have wandered outside and would not have sought the things of others as your own. Turn again to yourselves, learn to understand the primary notions which you have. Of what nature do you imagine the good to be ?
'Tranquil, fraught with happiness, unhindered.'
Nay, but do you not imagine it as naturally great ? Do you not imagine it as precious ? Do you not imagine it as free from harm ? I ask you then, in what subject must we seek for that which is tranquil and unhindered ? In the slavish or the free ?
` In the free.'
Your poor body then, is it slavish or free ? 'We know not.'
Do you not know that it is a slave to fever, gout, ophthalmia, dysentery, the tyrant, fire, sword, everything stronger than itself ?
` Yes, it is a slave.'
How then can any part of the body be still free from hindrance ?

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