October 30

"BUT I am rich," you may say, "as well as other people."

What, richer than Agamemnon?

"But I am handsome too."

What, handsomer than Achilles?

"But I have fine hair too."

Had not Achilles finer and brighter? Yet he neither combed it nicely, nor curled it.

"But I am strong too."

Can you lift such a stone, then, as Hector or Ajax?

"But I am of a noble family too."

Is your mother a goddess, or your father descended from Zeus? And what good did all this do to Achilles, when he sat crying for a girl?

EPICTETUS. DISCOURSES. Book ii. §24. ¶2.

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