It Is Not He Who Gives Abuse Or Blows, Who Affronts

Remember that it is not he who gives abuse or blows, who affronts, but the view we take of these things as insulting. When, therefore, anyone provokes you, be assured that it is your own opinion which provokes you. Try, therefore, in the first place, not to be bewildered by appearances. For if you once gain time and respite, you will more easily command yourself.

~ Epictetus (Enchiridion 20) {Thomas Wentworth Higginson translation, 1890}

How would this quote be received if it was first said today?

It seems that far too many of are looking for an excuse to be insulted or upset by something.

Maybe it is time to stop and think about why we are being so upset by things.

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