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THE STOICS : EPICTETUS

If, then, you wish not to be choleric, do not feed the angry habit, do not add fuel to the fire. To begin with, keep quiet, and count the days when you were not angry. I used to be angry every day, then every other day, then every three days, then every four. But if you miss thirty days, then sacrifice to God : for the habit is first weakened and then wholly destroyed.
To-day when I saw a handsome woman I did not say to myself, 'Would that she were mine !'
One has more right to be proud of that, rather than of propounding the ` Master' argument.
How is this to be done ? Make up your mind at last to please your true self, make up your mind to appear noble to God ; set your desires on becoming pure in the presence of your pure self and God. 'Then when an impression of that sort assails you ', says Plato, ` go and offer expiatory sacrifices, go as a suppliant and sacrifice to the gods who avert evil' : it is enough even if ` you withdraw to the society of the good and noble' and set yourself to compare them with yourself, whether your pattern be among the living or the dead.
When you appear before one of the mighty of the earth, remember that Another looks from above on what is happening and that you must please Him rather than this man. He that is above inquires of you: ` What did you say in the school about exile and prison and bonds and death and dishonour ?'
I said they were indifferent.
` What do you call them now, then ? Have they changed ?'
No.
` Have you changed then ? '
No.
'Tell me then what things are indifferent.'
Things which lie outside the will's control.

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