No, it is events that give rise to fear — when another has power over them or can prevent them, that person becomes able to inspire fear. How is the fortress destroyed? Not by iron or fire, but by judgments... here is where we must begin, and it is from this front that we must seize the fortress and throw out the tyrants.

—Epictetus, Discourses, 4.1.85-86; 87a (resource) Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

 

 

 

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