Friday, 17 April 2015

Drawing from Epictetus

I recently read 'The Golden Sayings of Epictetus' (translated by Hastings Crossley), an electronic copy of which I found at Project Gutenberg. A number of the sayings I found interesting and thought-provoking and so made a note of them. I thought that I would begin sharing them.

But God hath introduced Man to be a spectator of Himself and of His works; and not a spectator only, but also an interpreter of them. Wherefore it is a shame for man to begin and to leave off where the brutes do. Rather he should begin there, and leave off where Nature leaves off in us: and that is at contemplation, and understanding, and a manner of life that is in harmony with herself. See then that ye die not without being spectators of these things.