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Epictetus, Discourses (ed. George Long), book 1 (search)
t as false, for every soul is unwillingly deprived of the truth, as Plato says; but the falsity seemed to him to be true. Well, in acts what have we of the like kind as we have here truth or falsehood? We have the fit and the not fit (duty and not duty), the profitable and the unprofitable, that which is suitable to a person and that which is not, and whatever is like these. Can then a man think that a thing is useful to him and not choose it? He cannot. How says Medea?The Medea of Euripides, 1079, where, instead of dra=n me/llw of Epictetus, the reading is tolmh/sw (Upton). tolmh/sw (Kirchoff), with the best MSS., for dra=n me/llw, which, however is the reading sited by several antient authors. Paley's Euripides, note.— 'Tis true I know what evil I shall do, But passion overpowers the better counsel. She thought that to indulge her passion and take vengeance on her husband was more profitable than to spare her children. It was so; but she was deceived. Show her plainly that she is de