A MAN is carried to prison. What hath happened? He is carried to prison. That he is unhappy, is an addition that everyone makes of his own.—But Zeus doth not order these things right. Why so? Because he hath made you patient? Because he hath made you brave? Because he hath made them to be no evils? Because it is permitted you, while you suffer them, to be happy? Because he hath opened you the door, whenever they do not suit you? Go out, man, and do not complain.
EPICTETUS. DISCOURSES. Book iii. §8. ¶2
BEING asked what common sense was, he answered : As that may be called a common ear which distinguishes only sounds, but that which distinguishes notes an artistic one ; so there are some things which men not totally perverted discern by their common natural powers ; and such a disposition is called common sense.
EPICTETUS. DISCOURSES. Book iii. §6. ¶3