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EPICTETUS
Greek (Phrygian) philosopher
(55 - 135)
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Nothing great is produced suddenly, since not even the grape or the fig is. If you say to me now that you want a fig, I will answer to you that it requires time: let it flower first, then put forth fruit, and then ripen.
      - Discourses--What Philosophy Promises
         (ch. XV), (Geo. Long's translation)
        [Fruits]

If you wish to be good, first believe that you are bad.
      - Fragments, (Long's translation)
        [Goodness : Proverbs]


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