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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Epictetus. (A.D. c. 50–c. 138) (continued)
    Be not hurried away by excitement, but say, “Semblance, wait for me a little. Let me see what you are and what you represent. Let me try you.”
          How the Semblances of Things are to be combated. Chap. xviii.
    Things true and evident must of necessity be recognized by those who would contradict them.
          Concerning the Epicureans. Chap. xx.
    There are some things which men confess with ease, and others with difficulty.
          Of Inconsistency. Chap. xxi.
    Who is there whom bright and agreeable children do not attract to play and creep and prattle with them?
          Concerning a Person whom he treated with Disregard. Chap. xxiv.
    Two rules we should always have ready,—that there is nothing good or evil save in the will; and that we are not to lead events, but to follow them.
          In what Manner we ought to bear Sickness. Book iii. Chap. x.
    In every affair consider what precedes and what follows, and then undertake it. 1
          That Everything is to be undertaken with Circumspection. Chap. xv.
    There is a fine circumstance connected with the character of a Cynic,—that he must be beaten like an ass, and yet when beaten must love those who beat him, as the father, as the brother of all.
          Of the Cynic Philosophy. Chap. xxii.
    First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
          Concerning such as read and dispute ostentatiously. Chap. xxiii.
    Let not another’s disobedience to Nature become an ill to you; for you were not born to be depressed and unhappy with others, but to be happy with them. And if any is unhappy, remember that he is so for himself; for God made all men to enjoy felicity and peace.
          That we ought not to be affected by Things not in our own Power. Chap. xxiv.
    Everything has two handles,—one by which it may be borne; another by which it cannot.
          Enchiridion. xliii.
Note 1.
See Publius Syrus, Quotation 76. [back]