On the Life of Wisdom // Epictetus

On the Life of Wisdom // Epictetus

“The life of wisdom begins with learning how to put principles , such as “We ought not to lie,” into practice. The second step is to demonstrate the truth of the principles, such as why it is we ought not to lie. The third step, which connects the first two, is to indicate why the explanations suffice to justify the principles. While the second and the third steps are valuable, it is the first step that matters most. For it is all too easy and common to lie while cleverly demonstrating that lying is wrong.”

— Epictetus (“The Art of Living” translated and interpreted by Sharon Lebell)

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