progress is an approach towards this
How then do we admit that virtue is such as I have
said, and yet seek progress in other things and make a display of it? What is the product of virtue? Tranquillity.
Who then makes improvement? Is it he who has read
many books of Chrysippus?Diogenes Laertius (Chrysippus, lib. vii.) states that Chrysippus
wrote seven hundred and five books, or treatises, or whatever the
word suggra/mmata means. He was born at Soli, in Cilicia, or at
Tarsus, in B. C. 280, as it is reckoned, and on going to Athens he
became a pupil of the Stoic Cleanthes. But does virtue consist in
having understood Chrysippus? If this is so, progress is
clearly nothing else than knowing a great deal of Chrysippus. But now we admit that virtue produces one
thing, and we declare that approaching near to it is
another thing, namely, progress or improvement. Such a
person, says one, is already able to read Chrysippus by
himself. Indeed, sir, you are making great progress.