Epictetus on Eating, Digesting, and Vomitting. And Philosophy.

Posted on April 28th, 2011 by

So here’s a random, vivid little analogy from the Stoic philosopher Epictetus:

Never call yourself a philosopher…For there is great danger in immediately throwing out what you have not digested. …For sheep don’t throw up the grass to show the shepherds how much they have eaten; but, inwardly digesting their food, they outwardly produce wool and milk. Thus, therefore, do you likewise not show theorems to the unlearned, but the actions produced by them after they have been digested. (46)

Epictetus, The Enchiridion
as translated by Elizabeth Carter

HT Sasa


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