Sunday, October 28, 2012

Beware, o novice philosopher, of charming young girls

The Stoic philosopher Epictetus recommended we exercise control of our desires and aversions like a novice beginning physical exercise:  start light until it becomes habit and effortless, then advance. But, he warns, novice philosophers face certain defeat should they descend into the arena 'against a young girl and dainty cakes' : 

But at first fly far from that which is stronger than yourself : the contest is unequal between a charming young girl and a beginner in philosophy. "The earthen pitcher", as the saying is, "and the rock do not agree." - Epictetus, Discourses. 

[Via : Elle Dark]

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