Epictetus on Looking Smart

Epictetus on Looking Smart August 16, 2016

Obey Alfred. by Reed (cc) 2008.
Obey Alfred. by Reed (cc) 2008.

If you wish to improve yourself, accept being thought a bit simple and foolish when it comes to things of this world. Don’t try to look smart. If you look smart, you’re doing something wrong. Here’s the truth: it’s not easy keeping in harmony with nature if you’re out to collect the things of this world—as you grab one thing, another escapes. (Handbook, 13)

(This is one of a selection of quotes on Stoicism that Rev. Breeden used in a blog post over at UU Collective.)

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