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Epictetus, Discourses (ed. Thomas Wentworth Higginson), book 4 (search)
our aversions, in your pursuits, in your preparation, in your intention, in the other proper works of a man? But instead of that, do you trouble yourself whether others pity you? "Very true. But I am pitied without reason." Then are you not pained by this? And is not he who is in pain to be pitied? " Yes." How, then, are you pitied without reason? For you render yourself worthy of pity by what you suffer upon being pitied. What says Antisthenes, then? Have you never heard?- " It is kingly, O Cyrus, to do well and to be ill spoken of." My head is well, and all around me think it aches. What is that to me? I am free from a fever; and they compassionate me as if I had one. "Poor soul, what a long while have you had this fever! " I say, too, with a dismal countenance, Ay, indeed, it is now a long time that I have been ill. "What can be the consequence, then? " What pleases God. And at the same time I secretly laugh at those who pity me. What forbids, then, but that the same may be done i