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Epictetus. (c.A.D. 50–c.A.D. 138).  The Golden Sayings of Epictetus.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
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We must approach this matter in a different way; it is great and mystical: it is no common thing; nor given to every man. Wisdom, alone, it may be, will not suffice for the care of youth: a man needs also a certain measure of readiness—an aptitude for the office; aye, and certain bodily qualities; and above all, to be counselled of God Himself to undertake this post; even as He counselled Socrates to fill the post of one who confutes error, assigning to Diogenes 1 royal office of high reproof, and to Zeno 2 that of positive instruction. Whereas you would fain set up for a physician provided with nothing but drugs! Where and how they should be applied you neither know nor care.  1
 
Note 1. The well-known Cynic philosopher. [back]
Note 2. Founder of the Stoic school of philosophy. [back]
 

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