The proper work of the mind

Epictetus outlines the proper functioning of the mind with this quote:

  • Choice – making good choices in thoughts and actions
  • Refusal – to steer yourself away from temptation
  • Yearning – to be a better person
  • Repulsion – of things that are untrue
  • Preparation – be prepared for what lies ahead
  • Purpose – following your guiding principles
  • Assent – understand what you can control and accept what is outside of your control.


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