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Epictetus on blame for one's misery (P 525a)

"It is not things that upset people but rather ideas [i.e. opinions] about things."

"So whenever we are frustrated or upset or grieved, let us not blame others, but ourselves -- that is, our [opinions]."

If you are ... you blame ... for your troubles
philosophically ignorantothers
beginning to learnyourself
philosophically enlightenedno one

Richard Lee,, last modified: 26 April 1999