Book Club: The Inner Citadel, 4, The philosopher-slave and the emperor-philosopher

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Theater at Hierapolis, photo by the Author

How many men — like Chrysippus, like Socrates, like Epictetus — has Eternity swallowed up! (Meditations, VII.19.2)

That which does not harm the State does not harm its citizen either. Each time you imagine you have been injured, apply this rule. (Meditations, V.22)

Erase your impressions (phantasia), check your impulse to action (horme), extinguish your desire (orexis). Keep your ruling faculty (hegemonikon) within your power. (Meditations, IX.7)

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