is not easy to gain the attention of effeminate
young men, for you cannot take custard by a
hook; but the ingenuous, even if you discourage
them, are the more eager for learning. Hence
Rufus, for the most part, did discourage them,
and made use of that as a criterion of the ingenuous
and disingenuous. For he used to say, As
a stone, even if you throw it up, will by its own
propensity be carried downward; so an ingenuous
mind, the more it is forced from its natural bent,
the more strongly will it incline towards it.
EPICTETUS. DISCOURSES. Book iii. §6. ¶4.
rules you have deliberately proposed
to yourself for the conduct of life,
abide by them as so many laws, and as if you would
be guilty of impiety in transgressing any of them;
and do not regard what anyone says of you, for
this, after all, is no concern of yours.
EPICTETUS. DISCOURSES. Book i. §4. ¶4.
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