To be free, noble-spirited, modest. (For what other animal blushes? What other hath the idea of shame?) But pleasure must be subjected to these, as an attendant and handmaid, to call forth our activity and to keep us constant in natural operations.
But I am rich and want nothing.
Then why do you pretend to philosophize? Your gold and silver plate is enough for you. What need have you of principles?
Besides, I am judge of the Greeks.
Do you know how to judge? Who hath imparted this knowledge to you?
Ceasar hath given me a commission.
Let him give you a commission to judge of music; and what good will it do you? But how were you made a judge? Whose hand have you kissed? Before whose bed-chamber have you slept? To whom have you sent presents?
But I can throw whom I please into prison.
As you may a stone.
But I can beat whom I will too.
As you may an ass. This is not a government of men.
EPICTETUS. DISCOURSES. Book iii. §7. ¶1