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Epictetus (55-135 CE) Enchiridion
A manual for living a contented life
Rendered by Charles Scamahorn (1935- ) 2014

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It demonstrates a lack of judgment to spend excessive time exercising, eating, drinking, and copulating. Those are natural things and have their rightful place, but doing them to excess deprives one of the time and energy needed for cultivating good judgment and wisdom.


The wise Stoic minimizes the time and energy he exerts on things which do not bring him closer to tranquility within himself and contentment with what is outside of himself. If he has no influence over something he doesn’t give it more than passing consideration. It is easy to move on to things that are important, and over which he does have some influence.