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The Discourses of Epictetus
Of the varied appearances of things to the mind, and what means are at hand by which to regulate them.
That some persons, failing to fulfil what the character of a man implies, assume that of a philosopher.
1 A phrase occurs here which has greatly puzzled the commentators, but which evidently refers to the gymnastic exercise known as the " perche-pole," where a pole is balanced by one performer and ascended by another. -H.
2 Diogenes used, in winter, to grasp statues when they were covered with snow, as an exercise to inure himself to hardship. Diogenes Laertius. -C.
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