Monday, February 25, 2008

"Epictetus once received a visit from a certain magnificent orator going to Rome on a lawsuit, who wished to learn from the Stoic something of his philosophy, Epictetus received his visitor coolly, not believing in his sincerity. "You will only criticise my style," said he; "not really wishing to learn principles." --"Well, but," said the orator, "If I attend to that sort of thing, I shall be a mere pauper, like you, with no plate, nor equipage, nor land." -- "I don't want such things," replied Epictetus; "and besides, you are poorer than I am, after all. Patron or no patron, what care I? You do care. I am richer than you. I don't care what Caesar thinks of me. I flatter no one.

This is what I have, instead of your gold and silver plate. You have silver vessels, but earthenware reasons, principles, appetites. My mind to me a kingdom is, and it furnishes me with abundant and happy occupation in lieu of your restless idleness. All your possessions seem small to you; mine seem great to me. Your desire is insatiate --- mine is satisfied."

Happy Homes and The Hearts That Make Them. Painting-Weiss

1 comment:

fcb4 said...

Brilliant...and all to often, elusive.