The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil?

Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own...

— Epictetus, Discourses, 2.5.4– 5 —

 

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