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Of circumstances.This discourse is supposed to have been addressed to a pupil, who feared to remain at Rome, because of the persecutions aimed by Domitian at the philosophers. - H. A process of reasoning may be an indifferent thing; but our judgment concerning it is not indifferent; for it is either knowledge, or opinion, or mistake. So the events of life occur indifferently, but the use of it is not indifferent. When you are told, therefore, that these things are indifferent, do not, on that a
ictions contrary to your own
" But the convictions of others too."
And what danger is it of yours, if others have false
" But I am in danger of being banished."
What is it to be banished? Only to be somewhere
else than at Rome.
" Yes; but what if I should be sent to Gyaros? "A place of banishment. - H.
If it be thought best for you, you will go; if not,
there is another place than Gyaros whither you are
sure to go, - where he who now sends you to Gyaros
must go likewise
Concerning a certain orator, who was going to Rome on a lawsuit. A person came to him who was going to Rome on a lawsuit in which his dignity was concerned; and after telling him the occasion of his Rome on a lawsuit in which his dignity was concerned; and after telling him the occasion of his journey, asked him what he thought of the affair. If you ask me, says Epictetus, what will happen to you at Rome, and whether you shall gain or lose your cause, I have no suggestion as to that. But ifRome, and whether you shall gain or lose your cause, I have no suggestion as to that. But if you ask me how you shall fare, I can answer, If you have right principles, well; if wrong ones, ill. For every action turns upon its principle. What was the reason that you so earnestly desired to be chosen Governor of the Gnossians? Principle. What is the reason that you are now going to Rome? Principle. And in winter too, and with danger and expense? Why, because it is necessary. What tells yo
w me that you have given some attention and
care to your principles. As you now take a voyage
to Rome for the government of the Gnossians, and
are not contented to stay at home with the honors