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February 09, 2023
Thursday, February 9, 2023

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.

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The Greek Stoic philosopher Epictetus was born into slavery around 50 CE. He gained his freedom while still a young man, and began teaching in Rome, until the Roman emperor Domitian expelled all philosophers from the city. Undeterred, Epictetus founded a school of philosophy in Greece, where his teachings became widely admired. He lived a frugal life with very few belongings, and his primary concerns were integrity, self-management, and personal freedom. Epictetus believed external possessions — including glory and power — are beyond our control, and we only have power over those things within us, such as our opinions, impulses, and desires. As he said, “The good that ought to be the object of our earnest pursuit, is to be found only within ourselves.” 

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