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October 17, 2006

Act Well the Part That is Given to You

We are like actors in a play. The divine will has assigned us our roles in life without consulting us. Some of us will act in a short drama, others in a long one. We might be assigned the part of a poor person, a cripple, a distinguished celebrity or public leader, or an ordinary private citizen.

Although we can't control which roles are assigned to us, it must be our business to act our given role as best we possibly can and to refrain from complaining about it. Wherever you find yourself and in whatever circumstances, give an impeccable performance.

If you are supposed to be a reader, read; if you are supposed to be a writer, write.
—Epictetus

Source: The Art of Living: The Classic Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness: A New Interpretation by Sharon Lebell 1995 by Sharon Lebell HarperSanFrancisco ISBN: 006-251322-2(cloth)
See also: The Internet Encylcopedia of Philosphy's Epictetus

Posted by niganit at October 17, 2006 6:13 AM
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